August 30 (IndiaToday) – Don’t be afraid. These were the words of a visibly frightened news anchor in Afghanistan with armed men standing behind him in the studio.
The video of the incident has gone viral with questions being raised on the Taliban’s promise of a free press.
Reports of journalists being targeted have emerged since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15. This comes even as the Taliban said they would allow free press to operate in the country.
A few days back, an Afghan reporter working with Tolo News and a cameraman were thrashed by the Taliban in Kabul while they were reporting in the city.
Reports have emerged of Taliban fighters attacking journalists in the capital city of Kabul and Jalalabad in Nangarhar province.