Taliban Intelligence Agents Beat up a Local Journalist in Takhar

Local sources in Takhar province, the northeast part of the country report to Kabul Now that the Taliban intelligence agents beat up a local journalist in this province.

A source, who chose to stay anonymous, told Kabul Now that the Taliban intelligence agents for Takhar have beaten up Zabiullah Noori, a local journalist for Radio Takharistan, on the charge of publishing news and reports against the Taliban group.

Meanwhile, Zabiullah Noori’s family says that Zabiullah did not commit any crime, but was “brutally” beaten up by the Taliban.

According to Noori’s family, while Zabiullah was preparing a report, the Taliban intelligence arrested and beat him and then threatened to kill him. This incident took place around 2:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, December 15.

Reacting to this incident, the local journalists in Takhar urge the Taliban in this province not to arrest and beat the journalists under various pretexts.

The Taliban officials in Takhar refused to provide more details to our reporter about this incident.

Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) has recorded at least 245 cases of violence against journalists and media workers. These cases include arbitrary arrests, physical violence, threats and intimidation, injuries, and even deaths of media workers, AFJC’s report added.