CM – Afghan espionage agency arrests four journalists for « propaganda »: report

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The Afghan espionage agency arrested four journalists for visiting a Taliban-held border town and charged them with spreading hostile « propaganda, » officials said Tuesday.

The four Afghans were arrested in Kandahar after they on Monday from Spin Boldak, the Taliban-occupied border crossing into Pakistan earlier this month.

Local media said journalists were investigating government reports that the Taliban massacred civilians in the city – allegations that the insurgents deny .

« Any kind of propaganda for the benefit of the terrorists and against the national interests of Afghanistan is a crime, » said Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai.

Afghan media watchdog Nai said the journalists were ordered by the national authorities Security Directorate, the country’s espionage agency, has been arrested.

« It is still unclear what is happening Nai said, adding that three of them worked for local radio station Mellat Zhagh.

In May, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked 122nd out of 180 countries on the latest World Press Freedom Index .

Since the Taliban and Washington signed an agreement in February 2020 that paved the way for the withdrawal of foreign forces, several journalists have been killed in targeted attacks.

The four Afghan journalists have been arrested for two weeks, after a Reuters news agency photographer who covered the fighting in Spin Boldak was killed.

A Taliban spokesman, Mohammad Naeem, said the four journalists traveled to Spin Boldak “to investigate allegations that there were people there were killed « .

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