By: Rukhshana Media
A local reporter for Salam Watandar radio station in northern Faryab province was arrested by the Taliban on Monday, July 25.
Gul Mohammad Geran, the director of Salam Watandar, said Alauddin Irkin, a journalist for the station, was interrogated by the Taliban’s intelligence agency for around two hours before he was released on Monday morning.
Geran said the reason behind the interrogation of Irkin was still unclear. Irkin has been working with Salam Watandar in Faryab since 2018.
Afghanistan Journalists Center also confirmed the arrest of Irkin because of his “media works.”
The Taliban have imposed restrictions on the activities of journalists and media since they took power nearly one year ago.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan(UNAMA) said in a report last week that it recorded a total of 173 cases of human rights violation against journalists and media workers between August 15, 2021 and June 15, 2022 in Afghanistan . The Taliban were behind 163 of those violations, according to UNAMA.
The violations include arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment, death threats and intimidation, and detention of journalists.