Kabul: Ziar Yaad, reporter Tolo News, tweeted to confirm that he was beaten up by the Taliban in Kabul while covering a story. News of Ziar being killed by the Taliban is not true but got surfaced all over social media and many news agencies.
Ziar confirmed that he was beaten by the Taliban while covering a piece of news at an intersection in the capital Kabul. He expressed concerns over the incident and said the issue has taken up with the Taliban leaders. Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of the Taliban cultural commission, assured of a “serious” investigation into the incident.
“The Taliban’s clash with journalists has been a concern for all reporters since they took control of Afghanistan and Kabul,” Parwiz Aminzada, the deputy head of a journalist’s association in Parwan province, told Tolo News.
Despite the Taliban’s promise of media freedom and a pardon for all their opponents, several journalists had been beaten up by them in the last few days. Last week, the Taliban had shot and killed a relative of a Deutsche Welle journalist while hunting for him. Deutsche Welle director-general Peter Limbourg said the incident highlighted the danger the Taliban pose to media workers and their families in Afghanistan.