TWO Afghan journalists were brutally beaten with cables for four hours by the Taliban for covering the women’s protests in Kabul, it has been revealed.
Shocking photos show the injuries Nemat Naqdi and Taqi Daryabi sustained after they were detained by the jihadi forces on Tuesday.
The journalists, who work for Kabul-based media outlet Etilaat-e Roz, had been reporting on protesters demanding an end to Taliban violations of the rights of women and girls when they were arrested.
According to Human Rights Watch, the two men were taken to a police station in Kabul and placed in separate cells before being tortured with cables.
They were released on Wednesday and were treated in a nearby hospital for the injuries on their backs and faces.
Editor-in-chief of the daily paper, Zaki Daryabi told Human Rights Watch: “Two of my colleagues from who were detained by Taliban, beaten for four hours.
“Under constant and brutal torture of the Taliban, the reporters lost their consciousness four times.
“This is unacceptable. We want the Taliban to bring their soldiers to justice.
“We also all the media organisations stand together against this unacceptable torture.”
Khadim Karimi, an editor at Etillaat Roz, was also arrested by the Taliban minutes after attempting to secure the release of the two young journalists.
He said that ten members of the Taliban then beat him “by boxing, kicking, cables, pipes and everything that was available”, the Telegraph reported.
“I was looking death in the face,” he said. “I was thinking about my family, because I thought that I would be killed.”
Karimi’s colleagues were released shortly after him.
“I felt the responsibility to try and release them,” Karimi said.
“When we arrived there in front of the police station door, suddenly Taliban fighters arrested us by force.
“They didn’t give us a second and chance to talk and say details. Their response was hitting, boxing and violence.”
Human Rights Watch revealed that the Taliban has been assaulting and detaining journalists after imposing new restrictions on their work.
“Taliban authorities claimed that they would allow the media to function so long as they ‘respected Islamic values,’ but they are increasingly preventing journalists from reporting on demonstrations,” Patricia Gossman, the associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said.
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“The Taliban need to ensure that all journalists are able to carry out their work without abusive restrictions or fear of retribution.”
The NGO also reported that Taliban authorities arrested photojournalist, Wahid Ahmadi, on September 7, and confiscated his camera.
Last week an Afghan rock band who sang anti-Taliban hits were reported to be hiding for their lives after the militants murdered a folk singer.
Guitarist Faisal, 26, sang about kissing girls round the back of the mosque and told fans: “Don’t be scared of the Taliban.”
The hipster musician fled his home after gunmen arrived on his doorstep and beat his brother.
He told The Sun from a safe house: “If they find me they will kill me.”
The week before a Taliban spokesman stated that: “Music is forbidden in Islam” and days later singer Tawab Andarabi was dragged from his home and fatally shot.
In late August, journalist Ziar Khan Yaad and his colleague were beaten by apparent Taliban members in Kabul and had their phones, microphones, cameras and equipment confiscated.