KABUL: Taliban have barred at least two female journalists and have attacked at least two members of the media after taking control of Afghanistan.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on August 15, the day the Taliban entered Kabul, members of the group arrived at Radio Television Afghanistan’s station and a male Taliban official took the place of Khadija Amin, an anchor with the network.
When Amin returned to the station, a Taliban member who took over leadership of the station told her to “stay at home for a few more days,” and said the group would inform her when she can return to work, she said.
Taliban members also denied Shabnam Dawran, a news presenter with Radio Television Afghanistan, entry to the outlet, saying that “the regime has changed” and she should “go home,”
Meanwhile, Male employees were permitted entry into the station, but Shabnam was denied. On August 17, a Taliban-appointed newscaster took her place and relayed statements from the group’s leadership.
Separately, Taliban militants yesterday beat Babrak Amirzada, a video reporter with the privately-owned news agency Pajhwok Afghan News, and Mahmood Naeemi, a camera operator with the privately-owned news and entertainment broadcaster Ariana News, while they covered a protest in the city of Jalalabad, in eastern Nangarhar province.
Amirzada and Naeemi said that Taliban fighters shoved them both to the ground, beat Amirzada on his head, hands, chest, feet, and legs, and hit Naeemi on his legs and feet with the bottoms of their rifles.
Taliban militants have also raided the homes of at least four media workers since taking power in the country earlier this week.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid yet didn’t respond regarding this.