Taliban have issued a press release accusing “Khabaryal” website on spreading propaganda against Taliban’s officials and claimed that the page is bewildering public’s minds.
On 16th February 2020, the website published an article titled “New conflictions among Taliban in Qatar” which caused Taliban’s reaction. They accused Khabaryal website to espionage by issuing a press release on 17th February 2020, and said that people who run this web page has intended to confound people’s mind. The press release stated that publication of such articles can defame their leaders and considered that against ethics and principles of journalism, and called it propaganda by foreigner mercenaries.
Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director considered the publication of the press release an indirect threat to media. He believes that Taliban’s view has always been obvious to Afghan citizens, as an ideology it has not been changed so far, and the statement indicates that there is still a danger posed by Taliban to media. Khalvatgar adds: in this critical situation as the peace talks are going on and the Afghan people expect Taliban, as a party to bring changes in their beliefs about the rights of Afghan citizens, in specific freedom of expression and media, but the Statement reveals that there is no change in this regard.
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan considers the publication of Taliban’s statement a threat to Khabaryal website, asks Taliban to reconsider their view regarding it, and also asks the Afghan Government to pay serious attention on ensuring the safety of this media outlet’s staff.