KABUL: Two journalists were detained and severely beaten by the Taliban in Kabul.
According to the details, Taqi Daryabi and Nemat Naqdi, from the Kabul-based media outlet Etilaat-e Roz, were covering protests by women in the Afghan capital calling for an end to Taliban violations of the rights of women and girls on Tuesday.
The Taliban authorities allegedly took the two men to a police station and put them in separate cells before severely beating them with cables, according to Etilaat-e Roz.
They were both released on Wednesday and have been receiving medical treatment in the hospital for injuries to their backs and faces.
“One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head… I thought they were going to kill me,” Naqdi told news agency AFP.
He told AFP he was accosted by a Taliban fighter as soon as he started taking pictures of the rally by women demanding the right to work and education.
“They told me ‘You cannot film’… They arrested all those who were filming and took their phones. The Taliban started insulting me, kicking me,” he said, adding that when he asked why he was being beaten, he was told: “You are lucky you weren’t beheaded”.
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