Taliban accused of beating journalists

The Taliban are accused of beating two journalists while they were detained for covering the protests, with photos posted online as evidence.

“One of the Taliban stepped on my head and pressed my face to the concrete. They kicked me in the head. I thought they were going to kill me,” said photojournalist Nematullah Naqdi. He and his colleague Taqi Daryabi at Etilaat Roz were arrested on September 8, after covering a protest by women demanding the right to work and study in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Two journalists were injured after being arrested for covering protests in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 8.  Photo: Etilaat Roz.

Two journalists were injured after being arrested for covering protests in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 8. Photo: Etilaat Roz.

Daryabi said he and Naqdi were taken to a police station, where seven or eight people beat them for about 10 minutes. “They raised sticks and beat us with all their might until we lost consciousness. Then we were locked in a cell with a few others,” Daryabi said, adding that they were “in so much pain that we couldn’t move. moving”.

Zaki Daryabi, founder and editor-in-chief of Etilaat Roz, posted photos of the two reporters after being beaten on social media, showing large red lines on their bodies. The two men’s faces were also bruised.

Asked about the incident, an unnamed minister in the interim government set up by the Taliban said it would investigate any attacks on journalists.

Previously, the Taliban also pledged to uphold press freedom in accordance with Islamic norms. However, an increasing number of journalists are reflecting on interference when they cover the protests, such as being beaten, detained or denied coverage. During the period when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, the country did not have an independent media agency, the Internet was also new.

“After the sudden collapse of the government, Etilaat Roz initially decided to stay and operate, hoping that there would be no major problems for the media and press. However, after yesterday’s incident, Little hope for the future of media and journalists in Afghanistan has been dashed,” said editor-in-chief Etilaat Roz.

Luster (Follow Reuters, AFP)

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