Video: Journalist Attacked by Taliban Fighters For Covering Women Protest

Published September 15th, 2021 - 06:39 GMT
an Afghan journalist was attacked by the Taliban for interviewing a woman
A man walks past a wall mural depicting the Taliban flag in Kabul on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)
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Radio journalist was reporting on protests when he was beaten up by the Taliban

An Afghan journalist was targeted by the Taliban fighters for interviewing a woman at a protest in Kandahar today.  

The Millat Zagh Radio reporter was attacked by a militant in a military fatigue while filming an interview with a woman who was protesting in Kandahar's Firqa district after the Taliban ordered her to leave her home. 

She was one of hundreds of Afghans who gathered today in fury at a Taliban order to evict 3,000 families to house the group's fighters, despite many having lived there for several decades. 

A witness speaking on condition of anonymity said the reporter 'was talking to a woman in front of the governor's house when a Talib came over and beat him'.

He explained the reporter had asked for permission to film an interview - a request the Taliban had accepted - but that he was accosted by militants as soon as he started the video.

'He got his phone out and started filming but the Talibs immediately shouted at him to stop. 

'He kept telling them he was a reporter and he had permission to film but they shouted at him "why are you talking to this woman?" and hit him anyway.' 

The source explained the woman, a military widow, was telling the reporter she was penniless and she and her children would have nowhere to go if evicted by the Taliban when he was attacked. 

'She told him [the reporter] "I don't have any money, I don't have on afghani, so I can't arrange another room. This is the only room I have in all Afghanistan."

'I have many children and I buy only one bread every day, that is it. What will I do if they evict me?'  

The source added demonstrators had forced the governor to reconsider the evictions, due to take place in three days, telling families to stay put until a final decision was made.  

But he said it was unlikely the group would be swayed 'because they rarely do anything that is good for the people'. Many of the families facing eviction are relatives of former army commanders, most of whom are believed to be dead. 


The source explained the woman, a military widow, was telling the reporter she was penniless and she and her children would have nowhere to go if evicted by the Taliban when he was attacked. 

'She told him [the reporter] "I don't have any money, I don't have on afghani, so I can't arrange another room. This is the only room I have in all Afghanistan."

'I have many children and I buy only one bread every day, that is it. What will I do if they evict me?'  

The source added demonstrators had forced the governor to reconsider the evictions, due to take place in three days, telling families to stay put until a final decision was made.  

But he said it was unlikely the group would be swayed 'because they rarely do anything that is good for the people'. Many of the families facing eviction are relatives of former army commanders, most of whom are believed to be dead. 

On Friday, Michelle Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council the Taliban's response to peaceful protests was becoming increasingly violent.  

UN staffers have also reported increasing attacks and threats, she added, without providing specifics.  

The Taliban has publicly insisted that its rule of Afghanistan will be more moderate than it was during the 1990s, when its brutal interpretation of Sharia law saw women stripped of their rights along with public floggings and executions.

But near-daily stories have emerged of horrors that Afghan people - particularly women and ethnic minorities - are being subjected to under their new rule. 

At the weekend, footage emerged which appeared to show Taliban fighters beheading an Afghan soldier before holding his head aloft while chanting.   

Other footage has shown militants beating and whipping people on the streets as reports emerged of targeted killings and fighters going door-to-door searching for blue US passports. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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