A satirical Facebook page – Kabul Taxi, formed by unknown individuals recently, has sparked controversy following interventions by security institutions, apparently aimed at curbing the activities of the social media page.
The page attracted a considerable number of subscribers soon after it was launched five months ago and mainly criticizes the jihadi leaders, influential tribal elders and senior government officials in a satirical way.
The controversies were further fueled after a number of journalists were taken in custody to question regarding the page’s activities, although the main individuals updating the page have not been identified.
The reporters were reportedly investigated by the Afghan intelligence after the page shared information regarding the aides of Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s national security advisor by naming the individuals.
The information was shared on the occasion of Afghanistan’s 96th Independence Day which clearly criticized the way people are hired in Afghanistan’s national Security Council.
In the meantime, NAI organization, which supports open media in Afghanistan, expressed concerns regarding growing threats towards the journalists in Afghanistan.
Mujeeb Khelwat, chief executive officer of NAI organization, told reporters that the national security advisor Hanif Atmar is making clear excuses regarding the Security Council’s intervention by summoning the journalists and satirical reports can never create problems for the government.
This comes as the national Security Council issued a statement criticizing the social media page for disclosing information regarding the council, insisting that disclosing such information could pose serious threats to the personnel of the council.