‘Our lives are beneath menace’: Afghan journalist says Taliban prevented her from working

Taliban fighters mobilise to regulate a crowd rallying to lift the nationwide flag of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan throughout a rally for Independence Day at Pashtunistan Sq. in Kabul.


  • An Afghan journalist says she was barred from working at her TV station amid the Taliban’s grip over Afghanistan.
  • Shabnam Dawran stated in a clip circulated on social media that her life is beneath menace.
  • The Taliban has captured the capital metropolis of Kabul.

An Afghan girl journalist has stated she was barred from working at her TV station after the Taliban took management of the nation, and pleaded for assist in a video posted on-line.

Carrying a hijab and exhibiting her workplace card, well-known information anchor Shabnam Dawran stated “our lives are beneath menace” within the clip on social media.

Underneath the Taliban’s regime from 1996 to 2001, ladies had been excluded from public life, women couldn’t attend college, leisure was banned and brutal punishments had been imposed.

Feminine journalists have additionally been focused by the militants in a wave of assassinations in latest months main as much as their takeover of the nation.

Nevertheless, since seizing energy in a lightning offensive the Taliban have claimed ladies may have rights, together with to training and work, and that the media can be unbiased and free.

One Taliban official even sat down for a one-on-one interview with a lady journalist on TV to press the purpose.

However Dawran, who has labored as a journalist for six years in Afghanistan for state-owned broadcaster RTA, stated this week she was barred from coming into her workplace whereas male colleagues had been allowed in.

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“I did not surrender after the change of system and went to attend my workplace, however unluckily I used to be not allowed regardless of exhibiting my workplace card,” she stated within the video.

“The male workers, these with workplace playing cards had been allowed to enter the workplace however I used to be instructed that I could not proceed my obligation as a result of the system has been modified.”

Dawran then pleads with viewers, saying: “Those that are listening to me, if the world hears me, then please assist us as our lives are beneath menace.”

Amongst these to share the footage was Miraqa Popal, an editor at Tolo Information, a 24-hour channel in Afghanistan.

“Taliban did not enable my ex-colleague right here in @TOLOnews and well-known anchor of the State-owned @rtapashto Shabnam Dawran to begin her work immediately,” Popal wrote in a tweet on Wednesday that was shared 1000’s of occasions.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Popal posted an image of a lady information presenter on Tolo, with the caption: “We resumed our broadcast with feminine anchors immediately.”

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