Taliban assault journalists covering protests… swing the butt, etc.

Protesters demand improvement of women’s education and living conditions

Kabul (AFP=Yonhap News) – Taliban fighters assault a reporter covering a women’s protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, on the 21st (local time). 2021.10.21. [email protected]

The Taliban, an Islamic militant group that succeeded in re-establishing power in Afghanistan, again assaulted a journalist covering the protests.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, the Taliban professed to allow independent media activities, but the suppression of the media has continued.

According to Afghan media and foreign media such as Haama News on the 22nd, the Taliban beat a journalist who was covering female protesters in the capital Kabul the day before.

A foreign photojournalist was hit by a butt wielded by a Taliban member in cursing. Two other reporters were also punched and kicked by Taliban agents who tried to disperse the protesters.

“The Taliban respect no one, whether it be journalists or women,” protest organizer Zahra Mohammadi told AFP.

Earlier last month, the International Press Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) said at least 14 journalists had been released after being detained by the Taliban while covering women’s human rights protests in Kabul earlier this month.

At the time, photos of male journalists who had been assaulted by Taliban members and had major bruises on their backs spread on social media at the time.

Meanwhile, the Taliban announced new media regulations last month, strengthening media control.

Kabul (AFP=Yonhap News) – Taliban fighters warn reporters covering the scene of a women’s protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, on the 21st (local time). 2021.10.21. [email protected]

The rules require that we do not report on issues that have not been confirmed by officials or that could negatively affect public attitudes.

Patricia Gosman, director of Asia at Human Rights Watch, an international human rights group, said: “The Taliban said they would allow the media to work with respected Islamic values, but the new rules are stifling freedom of the media.” also pointed out

According to Afghanistan Tolonews, more than 153 media outlets in 20 states have already closed their doors in the month after the Taliban came to power.

Kabul (AP Photo) A woman protests in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on the 21st (local time). 2021.10.21. [email protected]

Meanwhile, the previous day, about 20 female protesters demanded education opportunities for women and improved living conditions.

After the Taliban came to power, they provided educational opportunities to girls in universities and elementary schools, but they have not lifted the ordinance of school closures for most middle and high school girls.

In addition, since the Taliban took power, Afghanistan has suffered from severe economic difficulties due to unemployment and foreign currency shortages.

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