They talk about freedom of the press; they talk about women joining politics, and then they surround a news anchor with guns to deliver the news. Pretty contradictory know?
A video is doing rounds on social media that shows a different truth of Afghanistan, other than what the Taliban actually talks about.
Have a look at the video where the Taliban wants people to cooperate with them and not be afraid.
The programme is called Pardaz. In this longer video, the presenter interviews a Taliban fighter who presumably outranks the rest of the lot in the studio. The presenter switches from Dari to Pashto, which unfortunately I don’t speak.pic.twitter.com/qPWexsQd2T— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) August 29, 2021
So far, the Taliban has raided the houses of at least four media workers in Afghanistan, including three staff members of Deutsche Welle. The media workers have gone into hiding now.
This is what @Etilaatroz can’t accept. If so, we will stop our work. pic.twitter.com/FueAC4c9cz— Zaki Daryabi (@ZDaryabi) August 29, 2021
Afghanistan TV – surreal— Yalda Hakim (@BBCYaldaHakim) August 29, 2021
This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watching over the host. The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghani govt & says the Islamic Emirate says the Afghan people should not to be afraid #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/oEverVgLOE
This happened on live TV (“Afghanistan TV” owned by Gen Jurat) two days ago. Bodyguards of a Taliban guest decided to stand behind the host while he was presenting. Why? Perhaps a show of force or just sheer stupidity. pic.twitter.com/IYDYKsmPoo— Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni) August 29, 2021
Two freedom fighters providing security to news anchor 🤔 this Freedom to press in talibani style😀🔫 #Taliban #Afghan https://t.co/ocghzwMLxX— Jeet Jha (@jeeetjha) August 30, 2021
Taliban Making Sure That News Anchor Reports exactly WHAT THEY WANT Otherwise Anchor will get Famous Friendly “Talibani” treatment 😰😰 #Afghanistan #Taliban pic.twitter.com/70IleG60Zy— Rosy (@rose_k01) August 30, 2021
The program is called Pardaz and aired on the TV network Peace Studio where the anchor was interviewing one of the Taliban leaders in the studio flanked by the fighters.
This 42-sec clip has gone viral and caused serious concern among people. However, it is not the first time where the Taliban has tried to take control over the media.
Ever seen such kind of Freedom of Speech anywhere ??— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) August 30, 2021
Place -Afghan TV’s Peace Studio Programme- Political Debate
See Taliban gunmen behind News Anchor
Their hands are on trigger …
Will WIRE lady who is in love with #Taliban like to moderate this debate ? pic.twitter.com/yxshX74O3L
This is surreal. Taliban militants are posing behind this visibly petrified TV host with guns and making him to say that people of #Afghanistan shouldn’t be scared of the Islamic Emirate. Taliban itself is synonymous with fear in the minds of millions. This is just another proof. pic.twitter.com/3lIAdhWC4Q— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 29, 2021
#Taliban militants surround TV anchor during news show; visuals go viral pic.twitter.com/mEjvBmf7b6— NDTV (@ndtv) August 30, 2021
Throughout the clip, we see how petrified the anchor is surrounded by armed fighters.
Taliban holds an Afghan news anchor at gunpoint he delivers remarks telling the public not to be afraid of the Taliban.#Taliban #Afghanistan #AfghanistanCrisis #KabulAirportBlast #Kabul #KabulAttack #USA #KabulAirportBlast #BREAKING #KabulAiport #TalibanSympathisers pic.twitter.com/Q1yJ6g3FZB— Prakash Lalit (@PrakashLalit3) August 29, 2021
#Taliban 2.0: A visibly petrified news anchor is made to sing praises of the Taliban while armed men behind him ensure he follows the script.— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) August 30, 2021
Now that’s the kind of freedom we don’t want in Afghanistan.