The latest: The Taliban officials in Khost province arrested four media professionals belonging to Gharghasht TV and three radio stations on Monday.
- According to sources, the Taliban officials had summoned them and then, moved them to an unknown location.
- The reasons for the arrest of the four media personnel in Khost are not yet known.
- Earlier, last week, sources in Badakhshan province reported that the Taliban officials have arrested local journalist Abdul Raziq Azimi.
Zoom out: One has to remember that with Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a large number of journalists have been forced to flee to neighbouring and European countries due to security issues. Taliban, by pressuring the media in Afghanistan, have made journalistic work difficult. Taliban have been trying to censor news and reports that contradict their theories.
- In fact, Nai had stated that violence against journalists has increased under the Taliban regime and at least 30 cases of violence against journalists have been recorded in less than three months of this year.
- Last month, sources in Baghlan had reported that the Taliban intelligence officials arrested three local journalists, Ghulam Ali Wahdat, reporter of private TV “Tanweer” and Safiullah Wafa and Noor Agha, reporters of RTA TV, the national television, in the province.
- Then in February, Taliban intelligence directorate officials arrested Qudratullah Noori, a local journalist, from an area near his house in Jabal al-Saraj district of Parwan province.
- Earlier, Mortaza Behboudi, a Franco-Afghan journalist had been unduly detained in Kabul, who is still in Taliban custody.