Taliban Threatens Media Over ‘Propaganda’ Reporting

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KABUL: Taliban militants on Wednesday warned the Afghan media outlets against publishing and broadcasting ‘one-side stories’ and turning to a ‘propaganda weapon’ of enemy.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Zabullah Mujahid said that the Taliban had observed the Afghan media and found it was publishing ‘propaganda’ against the insurgent group since the last few days.
National Directorate of Security of the Kabul administration is actively engaged in such manipulations to distort public opinion, he said.
The media and journalists should be careful and uphold their neutrality in the sensitive situation of the country and the media should avoid being a propaganda weapon for the Kabul administration, Mujahid said.
The neutrality of media would be seriously questioned if it continued biased reporting, he said, warning that journalists and media personnel would be responsible for any consequences if they continued with the current way of journalism.
This comes as representatives of the US, UK, EU, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and UNAMA in Afghanistan have recently in a joint statement on World Press Freedom Day, called for the protection of Afghan journalists in the country.