Kabul asks OIC to condemn Taliban’s threats to media
The MoFA said in a statement that Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani had raised the issue with the OIC representative in Kabul during a meeting.
Rabbani said Taliban’s threats against privately-owned Tolo and 1TV channels were a threat against the freedom of expression and Afghanistan’s vibrant media community.
According to Rabbani, Afghanistan’s permanent representative in the UN had also been tasked with raising the issue in the UN Security Council to urge member countries to condemn the threats.
The OIC representative in Kabul, from his side, assured to take up the issue with the organisation’s secretariat in order to take steps.
Two days back in a statement, the Taliban designated Tolo TV and 1TV as military targets and accused the media houses of being directly funded by the US Embassy in Kabul to promote western culture and challenge Islamic values and encourage divisions among people.
The group’s statement particularly referred to the coverage of the Kunduz conflict by the two channels which reported that Taliban insurgents attacked a female hostel and raped students.
The group had said, quoting Kunduz residents, that all educational institutes including the female hostel in Kunduz had been shut on account of holidays when the rebels briefly held the city.
Afghan media and media support organisations on Tuesday condemned the threats from Taliban, saying any attack on media houses would be considered a war crime.
The Presidential Palace, the national assembly, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the European Union and Human Rights Watch also condemned the threats, reaffirming their support for journalists and independent media
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