Reports of Afghanistan violence 'strictly forbidden' during election

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As Afghans go to the polls tomorrow, the country’s government has ordered a media blackout over reports of violence which it fears will curb turnout.

The foreign ministry issued a decree banning all broadcasts of information about violence while polls were open.

“While the English version of the decree spoke of a ‘request’, the version in Dari used stronger language, saying that reporting on violence during the election was ‘strictly forbidden'”, New Statesman reports.

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