“The Afghan government denied Tuesday that it had banned live media coverage of insurgent attacks, saying it was developing guidelines, not restrictions, to prevent live footage from aiding fighters at the scene.
Waheed Omar, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said that insurgents had used live broadcasts from the scene of attacks in the past to give instructions to their fellow militants. Omar said he would meet on Wednesday with the spokesmen of all the Afghan ministries to discuss the formulation of guidelines.
In addition to thwarting the goals of militants, he said the guidelines also would serve to protect journalists at the scene of attacks.
“These are the two things we’d like to address with the cooperation of the media,” Omar said. “We hope that can happen through a mechanism that doesn’t restrict anyone’s access to information or restrict the presence of media on the scene.”
“I would not call it restrictions,” Omar said."