SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 28 May 2024, Tuesday |

After Taliban threats to media … Afghan TV presenter assassinated

AL-Hurra

Afghan security sources said that a journalist who was working as a broadcaster for the local “Talaou” channel was assassinated in the southern city of Kandahar.

The sources added to Al-Hurra correspondent that the assassination was carried out by direct fire on the journalist, which led to his immediate death.

The assassination came just a day after the Taliban threatened the media working in Afghanistan and journalists because of their coverage of the movement’s activities.

For his part, the Afghan Intelligence Director called on the media to “avoid talking about the Taliban’s gains.”

Afghan intelligence said that “any coverage in favor of the Taliban by the media is a hostile act.”

The Taliban threatened the media in Afghanistan with “serious consequences” for their coverage of the events, and the movement said that the media sector “bears responsibility for the consequences that will be exposed to it.”

The threat of the movement comes at a time when the country is facing an escalation between government forces and Taliban, and hours after the warning issued by the director of Afghan intelligence in the parliament session to the media.

The intelligence director stressed “the need to be careful while covering events,” adding that “any coverage in favor of the Taliban will not be dealt with within the framework of media freedom.”