‘I believed this was once the tip of my lifestyles:’ Journalists describe beatings through Taliban


Video journalist Nemat Naqdi and video editor Taqi Daryabi from the Afghan on-line information outlet EtilaatRoz stated they had been detained whilst masking a girls’s protest in opposition to Pakistani involvement in Afghanistan and in strengthen of girls’s rights that came about on Wednesday.

The protest was once outdoor a police station, and Naqdi and Daryabi stated they had been taken throughout the station and critically crushed.

“They were hitting me with extreme force that I really thought that this was the end of my life,” Naqdi instructed CNN on Friday. “They have hit me on my arm with extreme force that I could not move it during the last two days … it has got better. My left eye has been hurt seriously that it is still red, and I am worried, my left ear can’t receive any hearing. It has a buzzing noise. I was given four or five very hard slaps on my face.”

“They stepped on my head on the other side and they were pressing their foot on my head, my face was on the mosaic floor, and I was trying to pull myself due to the pain and to tell them to hit me on all sides and not just hit me on my back. For that reason, my face was bloodied,” Naqdi stated.

“They were using such violence that one was holding me by my head and face and another one was holding me by my waist. My hands and feet were tied and one of them was pushing my legs like a sling. I had a feeling that my neck may break, or my back may break,” Naqdi added.

Nemat Naqdi (left) and Taqi Daryabi undress to show wounds sustained after Taliban fighters beat them while in custody on Wednesday.

“When the Taliban forces arrested us and took us to the police station, they continuously tortured me for approximately 10 minutes even though I was not in state to remember the exact time. They hit me with whatever they could grab hold of,” Daryabi stated.

“It is possible that from now on the Taliban threaten and torture journalists. The continuation of their activities will be deemed as a danger to their government,” Daryabi added.

“They declared to the journalists in a press conference that they will be granted permission to continue with their activities but only under the Islamic rules. I believe those threats are still present. The journalists will not stop, they are a different sector of the society, and they are people who convey the voice of the population,” Daryabi added. “They become the voice of the people.”

CNN has reached out to the Taliban however has no longer gained a remark on the time of this writing.

Zaki Daryabi, Editor-in-Chief of EtilaatRoz, instructed CNN he was hoping that “in the first step, the Taliban leadership would respond to this continuous and brutal torture of our colleagues; and they would reprimand those who had committed this crime and act of torture in police district three; they would subject them to [legal] prosecution.”

“Secondly, we expected the Afghan and international media not to present this as an attack on EtilaatRoz [daily]; to present is as an attack on all media and discussion of freedom of expression,” Zaki Daryabi added.

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Nemat Naqdi and Taqi Daryabi had been amongst a minimum of 14 reporters detained over the route of 2 days whilst masking protests in Kabul, in line with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). At least six of the reporters “were subject to violence during their arrests or detention,” in line with CPJ.

“The Taliban must immediately cease detaining journalists in Afghanistan, end the use of violence against them, and allow the media to operate freely and without fear of reprisal,” CPJ stated in a remark.

The protests came about within the Dasht-i-Barchi space of Kabul, most commonly inhabited through other people from the minority Shia Hazara ethnic team recognized to were focused through the Taliban prior to now.

Some protesters had been additionally detained however it’s not but transparent what number of. Witnesses have estimated the crowds on the protests at between 300 and 500 — probably the most greatest demonstrations because the Taliban took regulate of Kabul.

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