At least five journalists from Etilaatroz, a daily newspaper in Kabul, have been arrested by Taliban, TOLO News quoted Zaki Daryabi, the editor in chief of the newspaper, as saying.
Earlier on Tuesday, Taliban militants detained a mediaperson who was filming an anti-Pakistan rally in Afghanistan capital Kabul.
Tolo news said one of its camerapersons, Wahid Ahmadi, was detained by the Taliban. His camera was confiscated. The protesters dispersed after the Taliban forces fired into the air.
The incident happened during a protest by hundreds of Afghans in Kabul who demonstrated in front of Pakistan’s embassy chanting anti-Pakistan slogans.
Previously, the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organistaion of armed Islamist groups, has warned the country’s media and journalists against calling them a “terrorist outfit” or they will be treated as “enemies”.
TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani, in a statement on social media on Monday, said his organisation was tracking media coverage which branded the TTP with epithets such as “terrorists and extremists”.
“Using such terms for TTP showed a partisan role of media and journalists,” the Dawn newspaper quoted the online statement by the TTP.
“Such labels on the TTP meant the media professionals were dishonest towards their duty and would create enemies for itself,” Khurasani said.
Therefore, the media should call them by the name of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Khurasani said.
The Pakistani Taliban was formed in 2007 and the government listed it as a proscribed organisation in August 2008, following targeted attacks on civilians.
The TTP’s first chief, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a drone strike in 2009 by the US.
In its National Action Plan in 2014, the Pakistan government banned offshoot groups of the TTP and stopped the media from its so-called “glorification of militants”.
Several Pakistani journalists have been killed and kidnapped, sandwiched between the militants and the government’s war on terror.
At least, 30 newspersons have been killed in erstwhile Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the last decade.