Social media on Thursday witnessed the captivating yet disturbing photos of two Afghan journalists who claimed to be tortured by Taliban authorities for covering a protest in Kabul. Marks of torture and bruises can be seen on the victims’ bodies due to severe flogging.
The journalists were detained when they were covering a demonstration in the Afghan capital led by women, demanding safeguard for their rights.
The victims were identified as Neamatullah Naqdi and Taqi Daryabi affiliated with Afghan newspaper Etilaatroz. They recounted that they were punched and beaten with batons, electrical cables and whips after being accused of organising the protest.
“One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head […] I thought they were going to kill me,” photographer Naqdi told AFP.
The journalists further said they were by a Taliban enforcers as soon as they their coverage. While arresting all of those who were filming and taking photos of the protests, Taliban resorted to took all the phones.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have yet to respond to the journalists’ claims.
The Taliban authorities on Wednesday declared that demonstrations were illegal because their permission had not been granted.