Significant Increase in Violence Against Journalists Under Taliban Rule

According to Reza Moini, the head of the RSF's Afghanistan section, the Taliban detained 24 journalists in the last 48 hours and released them after several hours.

New Delhi: Under Taliban administration, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has warned of a substantial escalation in violence against journalists and media personnel in Afghanistan.

The RSF has logged dozens of violent cases against journalists in the last two days, reported TOLO News, 

According to Reza Moini, the head of the RSF’s Afghanistan section, the Taliban detained 24 journalists in the last 48 hours and released them after several hours.

“In the past 48 hours, dozens of violent cases were registered against journalists in Afghanistan by the RSF,” he said.

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On Wednesday, Etilaatroz newspaper in Kabul said five of its reporters were detained by the Taliban while covering a women’s protest.

Two of the reporters who were detained during the protest said the Taliban beat them badly and they were hospitalised, the report said.

Meanwhile, some reporters in the provinces said the Taliban has imposed limitations on them.

The Taliban, however, acknowledged the treatment of reporters but said they will try to prevent such incidents in the future.

“We are regretful of the reporters becoming victims over the past few days. We tried to address their challenges. If they were transferred to a safe place by the Mujahideen, which was interpreted as being detained, we will also work on this and try to see they are treated properly,” said Anaamullah Samangani, a member of Taliban’s cultural commission said. Organizations that support and defend journalists, both inside and outside of Afghanistan, have expressed their worry about the dangers journalists are facing in the nation and urged for a stop to violence against reporters.

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