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Afghanistan: 3 Taliban detained journalists released for media ban

The arrests led to the disapproval of international agencies.

Kabul:

Three Tolo News journalists arrested by the Taliban for cracking down on voices against the country and against minorities have been released.

The three journalists arrested are Khpulwak Sapai, director of Tolo News, Nafi Khaleeq, legal manager of Moby Group, and Bahram Aman, presenter of Tolo News.

The three were arrested after Tolo News shared news of a ban on broadcasting foreign drama series, the news portal reported.

“As a media, our activity has been a bridge between the government and the people. Our job is to provide information to the people. Therefore, our suggestion has always been to have any issues related to the media or Tolo News. It has been shared with us through the Ministry of Information and Culture.” , said Khpulwak Sapai Tolo News director.

The arrests led to widespread condemnation by international agencies and human rights organizations.

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan called for the release of TOLO news workers, saying it was time for a constructive dialogue with the country’s media community.

“Concerns have been raised tonight by Afghan Taliban journalists @Tolonews over credible reports of more arbitrary arrests. The UN is calling for the release of all armed weapons and an end to threats and threats against journalists and independent media,” United said. A United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) tweeted.

UNAMA also said that “it is time for the Taliban to stop harassing and banning. It is time for a constructive dialogue with the Afghan media community.”

After the Taliban took over Kabul in August last year, there has been widespread socio-economic hardship in Afghanistan, including the closure of schools, food shortages and the curtailment of women’s rights.

According to UN reports, more than half of the country’s population needs urgent humanitarian assistance.

The Taliban have launched a crackdown on the Afghan media, forcing broadcasters to restrict foreign content and fearing pressure on journalists to speak freely about government action.

Many media outlets have been shut down due to economic challenges, and many professional journalists have fled the country. About 40% of the media have quit their jobs, and 60% of journalists have lost their jobs, according to the Sputnik News Agency.

Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the Taliban had carried out widespread censorship and violence against Afghan media in district and provincial centers.

According to the rights group, the situation of journalists living outside Kabul seems much worse than inside the capital, especially in the case of women.

Provincial journalists have described Taliban members as being threatened, arrested and beaten, and their colleagues were trying to break the news, HRW said.

Many journalists felt compelled to self-censor and denounce only Taliban statements and official events. Women journalists have suffered the harshest repression.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a union feed.)

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