By: Rukhshana Media
Sayed Mostafa Saleh, the Taliban’s director of Information and Culture department in Daikundi province, interrogated the reporters working with the Nasim Radio[ a local radio station], insulting and threatening to detain and whip them in public.
Ehsan Mahdawi, a journalist with the station, said Saleh and a number of Taliban fighters barged into the radio station in the afternoon of Monday, August 15, ordering journalists to stop broadcasting.
“Turn off your devices, and shut down the broadcast because we will seal the gates of your station,” Saleh ordered, according to Mahdawi.
The Taliban blamed Nasim Radio, for publishing news about anti-Taliban forces, known as National Resistance Front, on its Facebook page.
Mahdawi said the radio station director and journalists tried to explain to the Taliban that the Facebook page which angered them is fake, and that the authentic page of the Nasim Radio has 72 thousand likes. But the Taliban weren’t convinced.
The Taliban took Sultani Ali Jawadi, the director of Nasim Radio, with them for further questioning when they left the station.
They came back again to the station, began searching the personal phones and computers of the journalists and a guest, logging into their Facebook accounts to find out if any of them owned the fake page. But they found nothing.
Mahdawi alleges the various Taliban agencies have insulted and threatened Nasim Radio’s employees over 15 times since the collapse of the former government.
“One bullet is enough for you,” Taliban fighters have told the radio station’s employees, according to Mahdawi.