Afghan journalist in B.C. fears for security of his colleagues in Afghanistan |

Afghan journalist in B.C. fears for safety of his colleagues in Afghanistan  |

2021-10-01 06:39:04

An Afghan journalist dwelling in British Columbia says he fears for the security of his former colleagues, who’re dwelling underneath Taliban rule in his residence nation.

Sanjar Sohail escaped to Canada earlier than the takeover in August, however mentioned the recognition of his publication is prone to make his fellow reporters in Kabul a goal.

“There isn’t any regulation, there isn’t any rule of regulation, there isn’t any structure, and we don’t know what is going to occur to the media or journalists in Afghanistan,” he advised International Information on Thursday.

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Sohail is the founding father of Hasht e Subh, one of many largest each day newspapers in Afghanistan.

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He described it because the “solely secular” newspaper within the nation — a publication “well-known” for its crucial protection of the federal government, human rights violations, land-grabbing and the mafia.

His colleagues are already feeling the impacts of Taliban rule, he mentioned, with a handful of his feminine colleagues already pressured out of their jobs.

“I’ve like six, seven feminine journalists that they’re now at residence, unable to do any reporting as a result of they aren’t allowed to work,” he mentioned.

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The Taliban has already issued a warning to Hasht e Subh and different information shops, he mentioned, in opposition to publishing any political reporting with out consulting them first, or any content material that’s crucial of Islam.

Considered one of his colleagues has already been arrested and was jailed for twenty-four hours, he advised International Information — “threatened, intimidated” and “nonetheless not recovered.”

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“Sadly there are different circumstances of journalists being overwhelmed by the Taliban, arrested, journalists being put within the jail.”

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Because the takeover in mid-August, the Taliban have expanded their interim cupboard, naming extra ministers and deputies — all of them males.

Of their earlier rule of Afghanistan within the late Nineties, the Taliban, who adhere to a harsh interpretation of Islam, barred women and girls from faculties, work and public life.

Journalists within the nation are already “morally, psychologically destroyed,” Sohail added.

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“It’s very scary to face a Taliban fighter, it’s very scary to speak to a Taliban fighter, so for us, the state of affairs may be very unsure,” he defined.

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However, he mentioned he’s encouraging these of his colleagues who can proceed reporting to take action, regardless of the widespread inaccessibility of Taliban spokespeople to Afghan journalists.

“It’s a crucial time in our historical past and we’re accountable to offer correct info and reporting for the general public, and future research and analysis.”

— with recordsdata from The Related Press

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