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Afghan journalists inform of Taliban beatings after masking protests

On Wednesday night time they declared demonstrations unlawful except permission had been granted by the justice ministry.

Naqdi and his colleague Taqi Daryabi, a reporter, who each work for Etilaat Roz (Data Each day) had been assigned to cowl a small protest in entrance of a police station in Kabul by ladies demanding the correct to work and schooling.

Naqdi stated he was accosted by a Taliban fighter as quickly as he began taking footage.

“They instructed me ‘You can not movie’,” he stated.

“They arrested all those that had been filming and took their telephones,” he instructed AFP.

Naqdi stated the Taliban tried to seize his digicam, however he managed at hand it to somebody within the crowd.

Three Taliban fighters caught him, nevertheless, and took him to the police station the place the beatings began.

Taliban officers haven’t responded to repeated requests for remark from AFP.


“The Taliban began insulting me, kicking me,” stated Naqdi, including that he was accused of being the organiser of the rally.

He requested why he was being crushed, solely to be instructed: “You’re fortunate you were not beheaded”.

Naqdi was finally taken to a crowded cell the place he discovered his colleague, Daryabi, who had additionally been arrested and crushed.

“We had been in a lot ache that we could not transfer,” Daryabi stated.

A couple of hours later the pair had been launched with out clarification – despatched on their method with a string of insults.

“They see us as enemies,” Taqi stated.

The Taliban have claimed they may uphold press freedoms – in step with unspecified Islamic ideas – though journalists are more and more being harassed masking protests throughout the nation.

In latest days, dozens of journalists have reported being crushed, detained or prevented from masking the protests, a present of resistance unthinkable beneath the Taliban’s final regime within the 1990s.

Most are Afghan journalists, whom the Taliban harass greater than the international media.

The protests are proving an early take a look at for the Taliban, who after taking energy on Aug 15 promised a extra tolerant rule and to work for “the peace and prosperity of the nation”.

Zaki Daryabi, chief of the Etilaat Roz newspaper, stated the Taliban’s phrases rang hole.

“This official speech is completely completely different from the fact that may be noticed on the bottom,” he instructed AFP.


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