Afghanistan bans media’s use of drone cameras

KABUL: Afghan authorities on Wednesday banned media companies from using drone cameras, citing security concerns in a country wellknown for the rampant use of unmanned military aircraft.

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“The interior ministry respectfully announces to all national and international media that they should not use drone cameras… as that can create problems for security institutions,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement did not specify the security concerns but the decision comes after a recent incident in which a local media company flew a drone over the presidential palace in Kabul while covering a huge anti-government protest.

US-led coalition forces have widely used drones for surveillance purposes and to carry out airstrikes against insurgent groups.

A US drone killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor last month, in a rare attack deep inside Pakistan.

Days later the Taliban announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure as the insurgent group steps up attacks against the Western-backed Afghan government.

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Afghanistan bans media’s use of drone cameras

by AFP