Afghanistan orders US reporter to leave over election story

New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview with an AFP reporter at the New York Times office in Kabul on August 20, 2014Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a standoff over election results. The attorney general’s office said the article was “against the national interests and the national security of Afghanistan,” and that Matthew Rosenberg must depart within 24 hours. The move underlined fears that media freedoms gained since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 are being lost as the US-led military intervention and civilian aid programme in Afghanistan wind down. “It is not the first time that the paper has involved itself in Afghanistan’s internal political affairs for its own political purposes and agenda,” Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, said an email sent to AFP.

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