The deputy of the Kabul police chief, Najib Sarter, apologized for “mistreating” journalists at a meeting with reporters in his office on Friday.
Last Friday, Sarter reportedly “mistreated and beaten up” a number of journalists who were reporting on security forces’ raid on an Afghan-Turk school in downtown Kabul.
Sarter said that two policemen are in custody in connection to the case.
Multiple footages show that Sarter himself has beaten and mistreated journalists, but the Interior Ministry has arrested two policemen in connection to the case.
The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that disciplinary punishment was implemented for Sarter.
“We asked the policemen to clear the area of the people who were there, but unfortunately, some people did not leave the area while they were asked repeatedly. For a few moment, I have been recorded in camera while I am pushing the journalists. I apologize for it,” Sarter said.
Some reporters said the main person who mistreated and beaten up a number of journalists was Sarter.
The reporters sharply criticized the Ministry of Interior for not implementing the law on officials.
“Security forces often have acted violently against the journalists, but their cases have never been sent to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution,” said Shoaib Haidari, a journalist.
“We ask the government to punish the main culprits of such incidents, not those who are under command,” said Mustafa Jafari, a journalist.
“Those who act violently should be punished based on the law,” said Ghulam Mahuddin Munsif, a Senator.
“The people who have power and are behind the incidents, they are not punished, but instead, the law is implemented on those who do not have power and this itself is an oppression,” said Abdal Mohammadi, an MP.