Taliban go after journalists in Afghanistan

Ziar Khan Yaad of TOLO TV, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster, said he was intimidated near the Haji Yaqub Mosque in the capital, Kabul, as he was filming a news report on the nation’s economy in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

The Taliban has promised to investigate the matter, TOLO’s news director said.

Last week, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said the Taliban killed and injured two family members of one of their Afghan journalists who is now based in Germany. 

Two journalists were also beaten, reportedly by the Taliban, while covering demonstrations in the eastern province of Nangarhar in the days leading to the August 19 independence day celebrations.

Media freedom advocates have demanded that the Taliban stop these assaults.