As Taliban fighters detain and physically abuse journalists covering protests against the group, CPJ calls on Taliban leaders to live up to their promises to allow independent journalism to continue operating in the country, and to ensure members of the media can do their jobs freely and safely. (Photo: AFP)
CPJ’s Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras talks with exiled Syrian journalist Okba Mohammad about how Afghan reporters who fled after the Taliban takeover can continue covering their country from abroad. “Being forced to leave your country is one of the most difficult moments in life,” he says. “My advice to Afghan colleagues is to be patient and prevent despair from taking hold of them.”
CPJ speaks to Deutsche Welle: “We are calling on world leaders to ensure the safety of journalists who are still working in Afghanistan.”
CPJ’s Steven Butler is quoted in TheNew York Times urging the Taliban to stop beating and detaining journalists
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan Danish Siddiqui was killed on July 16, 2021, while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in the town of Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan, according to Afghan military officials.
Siddiqui, 38, was embedded with Afghan special forces at the time of his death. He was a member of the Reuters photography team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for their coverage of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.