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Actions Or words? Afghan Journalists Question Taliban's Free Press Pledge

A cameraman films a account ballast at Tolo Account studio, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (File)

Beaten, homes raided, angry abroad from assignment for actuality a woman: the complaints fabricated by some Afghan journalists in contempo canicule are sowing agnosticism about assurances fabricated by their new Taliban rulers that absolute media would be allowed.

In its aboriginal columnist appointment back capturing the basic Kabul, the terrorists said on Tuesday it would acquiesce chargeless media and jobs for women - banned back it was aftermost in ability from 1996 to 2001.

"It has become bright there is a gap amid activity and words," Sahar Nasari, a presenter on state-owned Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), wrote in a Facebook column on Thursday in his built-in Pashto.

Nasari said Taliban associates took his camera and exhausted up his aide while he was aggravating to blur a adventure in Kabul on Thursday.

Journalists are targeted about the world, abnormally in times of upheaval. But the affair is a acute one in Afghanistan, area an accessible media, chargeless accent and women's rights are broadly apparent as hard-fought assets afterwards two decades of war.

A Taliban agent did not acknowledge to a appeal for animadversion on accusations that it has addled journalists, and in authentic women in the profession.

Several media watchdogs accept additionally appear incidents of Afghan journalists actuality beaten, addled or raided at their homes in contempo days.

"The Taliban needs to angle by its accessible charge to acquiesce a chargeless and absolute media at a time back Afghanistan's bodies badly charge authentic account and information," said Steven Butler of New York-based media rights group, Committee to Protect Journalists.

Saad Mohseni, the arch of media accumulation MOBY which runs Afghanistan's better clandestine anchorperson Tolo news, told Reuters his journalists had not been afflicted back the Taliban came to power, and that his changeable reporters connected to work.

In one Tolo advertisement this anniversary that would accept been absurd during the Taliban's antecedent rule, a changeable Tolo presenter interviewed a Taliban official.

Still, Mohseni said the approaching remained uncertain.

"The laissez-faire access is added a absorption of not accepting abundant bandwidth than a specific action that they (the Taliban) will acquiesce media to backpack on business as usual," he said.

"So I wouldn't get too excited. It's alone been 72 hours back they took over the city."

The Coalition for Women in Journalism, an all-embracing advancement group, said they had been inundated with requests for advice from changeable journalists in Afghanistan back the Taliban alternate to power, and were in acquaintance with assorted women who said they acquainted threatened in their homes.

An editor at Pajhwok Account Bureau in Kabul said on action of anonymity that a Taliban official had brash his 18 changeable reporters to assignment from home until the movement had finalised its rules on women at work.

Presenter Shabnam Dawran, who had continued been the face of state-owned RTA, said she was angry abroad from her job afterwards actuality told "the administration has changed".

The Taliban's agent Zabihullah Mujahid said on Tuesday that media charge not assignment adjoin Islamic or civic "values", and that women could assignment "within the framework of Islam."

Some journalists anguish that restrictions and censorship could accord a draft to a blooming Afghan media arena that has afflicted badly back the Taliban were aftermost in power.

From a time back a distinct state-owned radio base advertisement mainly calls to adoration and religious teachings, the country now has an estimated 170 radio stations, over 100 newspapers and dozens of TV stations.

Some association say things are already changing, with TV stations removing music and ball shows and Western programmes.

One anchorman at Bakhtar account agency, the official accompaniment account agency, said he "almost froze" back an armed Taliban affiliate absolved into the newsroom on Thursday.

"He absolved beeline into the editor's allowance and after we were told that the website would charge a beginning attending and how belief are presented will be discussed soon," the anchorman said.

(This adventure has not been edited by NDTV agents and is auto-generated from a amalgamated feed.)

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