Photo: Safa Radio/AFJC

Taliban accused of abducting journalist in Nangarhar province

Taliban security agents in Nangarhar province have reportedly abducted a local journalist.

The journalist, named Irfanullah Bidar, went missing a week ago after being assaulted and abducted in front of Eidgah Mosque in the province’s capital Jalalabad, Afghanistan Journalist Center (AFJC) reported.

Bidar is believed to be held at the Taliban’s General Directorate of Intelligence, AFJC assumed.

He was working as a reporter and presenter for Safa Radio Station since 2013.

The journalist’s brother, Azamatullah, told AFJC that Bidar had no personal enmity with anyone, and expressed their concern about his safety.

Taliban officials in the province have not commented.

Since returning to power, the Taliban has severely restricted free speech and journalists have been subjected to intimidation, arrest, and torture.

In January, the Taliban detained the Afghanistan-born French journalist, Mortaza Behboudi. Despite international calls, the group has refused to release him.