Afghan Journalists Overwhelmed By Taliban For Overlaying Girls’s Protests

Afghan Journalists Beaten By Taliban For Covering Women's Protests

Taliban Takeover: Afghan journalists have been overwhelmed by the Taliban for overlaying protests in Kabul

New Delhi:

Distressing pictures of journalists displaying accidents sustained after being overwhelmed by the Taliban have underlined international considerations over the hardline Islamist group, and its means to ship on guarantees to guard human rights and assure freedom of press because it varieties a brand new Afghan authorities.

A minimum of two such pictures have surfaced within the aftermath of the group asserting that authorities and have been shared by verified Twitter handles, together with in a single publish by Marcus Yam (a overseas correspondent for the Los Angeles Instances) and in one other by Etilaatroz (an Afghan information publication).

Pictures tweeted by Mr Yam present two males stripped to their innerwear and standing with their backs to the digicam. Their backs and legs are coated with what look like pink welts and bruises.

Pictures tweeted by Etilaatroz present the identical two males, whom the publication has recognized as its workers – Taqi Daryabi and Nematullah Naqdi – and a close-up of their accidents.

In keeping with Etilaatroz, Mr Daryabi and Mr Naqdi – a video editor and a reporter – have been overlaying a protest led by girls within the Kart-e-Char space of western Kabul yesterday, once they have been kidnapped by the Taliban, taken to totally different rooms and overwhelmed and tortured.

“We have been shouting that we’re journalists. However they did not care,” Mr Naqdi was quoted by the LA Instances, “I believed they have been going to kill me. . .They saved on ridiculing us…”

In keeping with the LA Instances the Taliban additionally stopped its journalists from photographing the protesting girls; the overseas correspondents, nonetheless, have been solely pressured to depart the world.

The LA Instances additionally mentioned three different journalists, together with the native head of Euronews, a pan-European TV information community headquartered in France, have been additionally kidnapped.

They have been later launched unhurt, though the Euronews head was repeatedly slapped.

A number of different journalists have been additionally arrested – together with TOLO Information cameraperson Waheed Ahmady and Ariana Information reporter Sami Jahesh, with cameraman Samim – as they coated the protests.

An in depth report by the Committee to Shield Journalism (CPJ) outlined extra assaults. 

Final month one other Tolo Information reporter – Ziar Yaad Khan – was believed to have been killed by the Taliban, earlier than it was confirmed that they’d held him at gunpoint and assaulted him.

And days earlier than that Taliban killed a relative of a Deutsche Welle journalist whereas attempting to find him.

The group had earlier claimed it will respect freedom of the press, however its actions yesterday and over the previous weeks point out in any other case. A spokesman for the group has already warned folks towards taking to the streets in protest, and warned journalists that they need to not cowl any demonstrations.

A stark reminder of the influence the Talban has already had on a free press was made by media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres, or Reporters With out Borders, final week, when it mentioned energetic feminine journalists in Kabul are under 100 for the reason that group seized energy, in contrast with 700 earlier than. 

The make-up of the brand new authorities has led to additional considerations.

The Taliban had promised an inclusive authorities that will mirror the ethnic identities that kind the nation, however all prime positions have been handed to key leaders from the motion and the Haqqani community — the group’s most violent department and one identified for devastating assaults.

The publish of inside minister – equal to the Residence Ministry publish in India – was given to Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is needed by the USA’ FBI.

Not one of the authorities appointees have been girls.

The Taliban’s first interval in energy was replete with horrific tales of brute drive and disrespect for human rights, significantly these of girls and kids.

The second – a Taliban 2.0 – was imagined to be totally different.

With enter from AFP

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