Taliban Threatens Afghan Journalists Amid US Pullout

The Taliban has issued a warning to Afghan journalists in a statement Wednesday, saying those who support the country’s intelligence agency will “face the consequences.”

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said journalists should stop reporting “one-sided news in support of Afghanistan’s intelligence.”

This after the National Security Directorate (NDS) chief Ahmad Zia said that some local media outlets were reporting, “propaganda in favor of the Taliban,” local Ariana News reported. 

The US Embassy and UK Embassy in Afghanistan then released a joint statement, “The Taliban today, two days after World Press Freedom Day, threatened the Afghan media accusing them of being proxies for the Government and ordering them to alter their reporting or they would ‘face the consequences.’”

“We strongly support Afghanistan’s independent media. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing violence and threats against the media, and the Taliban’s attempts to silence journalists,” the statement on Twitter read.

Meanwhile, Nemat Rawan, a former news anchor for local TOLOnews and a media official from the finance ministry was gunned down in Kandahar city Thursday, to which Mujahid denied the Taliban’s involvement, TOLOnews reported. 

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee denounced the killing saying, “AJSC strongly condemns the assassination of a former presenter, Nemat Rawan. Mr. Rawan newly started his work as a public servant with the Ministry of Finance. We call on the government to seriously investigate the case so perpetrators are brought to justice.” 

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