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Taliban go hunting for journalist, kill his relative: Broadcaster

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Berlin: The worst fears seem to be coming true. After reports of the Taliban going door-to-door hunting for people who may have worked for the US and NATO, it has emerged that journalists, too, are on their radar.

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle said that Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have shot dead a relative of a journalist who worked for the company. They were said to be hunting for the journalist who is now in Germany.

Condemning the killing, DW director general Peter Limbourg said, “The killing of a close relative of one of our editors by the Taliban yesterday is inconceivably tragic, and testifies to the acute danger in which all our employees and their families in Afghanistan find themselves.”

He added that it was evident that the Taliban were carrying out organized searches for journalists, in Kabul as well as other provinces, adding “we are running out of time”.

DW has claimed that the Taliban have raided the homes of at least three more of its journalists. Along with other media organizations, it has urged the German government to act swiftly to help their Afghan staff.

The development comes days after the insurgent group’s press conference where the leaders had promised media freedom and amnesty for all those who had worked for their rivals earlier.

UN’s threat assessment has warned that Taliban is intensifying a search for people who worked with US & NATO forces and is going “door to door” to find them.

 

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