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Journalists’ union reacts to Taliban’s threat

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KABUL: The Afghanistan Journalists’ Center (AFJC) termed the recent statement by Taliban as ambiguous regarding the security of journalists.

The AFJC called on Taliban to clearly announce their position about journalists and open media.

A Taliban official, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai discussed the insurgents’ policy, peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict and other issues with representatives of the United States, the European Union, Germany, Britain, Norway, France, Italy and the United Nations.

Stanakzai assured foreign diplomats that their fighters would not target journalists and humanitarian workers, according to the group’s political spokesman Mohmmad Naeem.

But the Taliban’s stance regarding the security of journalists, remains as vague as they did not clearly explain it, said the AFJC.

Earlier, Taliban warned media workers to stay neutral or they will face consequences.

Meanwhile, Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Ahmad Zia Seraj said that some media outlets work for the benefits of Taliban and the continuation of this situation is unacceptable.

The NDS chief recent remarks are in contrast with the law of the land which recognizes journalists’ rights.

The Afghanistan Journalists’ Center believes that the media and journalists, under very difficult circumstances, are working to inform people about the ongoing war, corruption and insecurity, their security and safety must be ensured and the Taliban should prove that they are honest in their commitments.

According AACJ, at least 11 media workers were killed in targeted attacks since the US and Taliban inked peace agreement.

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