Digital Desk, Kabul. The Taliban released Tolo News cameraperson Waheed Ahmadi on Tuesday after being detained for nearly three hours. Tolo News said the Taliban gave Waheed Ahmadi back his camera with photographs. A journalist for Ariana News, another major Afghan news TV network, was also detained by the Taliban along with its cameraman during their coverage of the protests.
— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) September 7, 2021
Tolo News had earlier reported that the Taliban had barred journalists from covering anti-Pakistan protests in Kabul and had their cameras snatched. The news agency said that their cameraperson Waheed Ahmadi was among those captured by the Taliban during the protest rally. Lotfullah Najafizada, the head of Tolo News, appealed to the Taliban for the release of Waheed Ahmadi.
Waheed Ahmady is released along with a dozen other journalists. Some equipment still to be found. https://t.co/PdRvP88n5R
— Lotfullah Najafizada (@LNajafizada) September 7, 2021
“Our colleague Waheed Ahmadi has been arrested by the Taliban for covering a protest by Afghan women in Kabul,” Najafizada said in a tweet. I call on the Taliban to release our ally as soon as possible.
— Bais Hayat (@BaisHayat) September 7, 2021
Ariana News journalist Bais Hayat reported that his colleague Sami Jahesh was detained by the Taliban along with cameraman Samim during the coverage of the protests. “We have been out of touch with him for over two hours and we don’t know his status,” Hayat tweeted. Hayat said in another tweet that one of his cameramen was also arrested while covering a women’s protest in Balkh and is still in jail.