According to local sources in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, the Taliban’s intelligence detained Alauddin Erkin, a radio host and senior reporter for Salam Watandar.

Taliban intelligence in the province of Faryab, according to the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC), has interrogated a local journalist. In a tweet, AFJC reported that Maimana, the provincial district of Faryab, saw the arrest of Salam Watandar’s senior reporter this morning at around 10:30.

According to Salam Watandar, Talha, the Taliban’s deputy intelligence officer in Faryab province, arrested Alauddin Erkin, one of the local journalists for this outlet.

Salam Watandar reported that the intelligence forces made no mention of the cause or intent behind the detention of Alauddin Erkin.

Selagi Ehsaas, a female host of Dost Radio in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, was beaten almost days ago until she passed out at the time.

In reaction to this, the AFJC voiced concern and condemned the intensification of violence and pressure on journalists.

On July 20, as Ehsaas was returning from work in Moi Mubarak village of Surkh Rod district, Nangarhar province, unidentified gunmen stopped her and pistol-whipped her.

Almost 6,000 journalists have lost their jobs and 287 media outlets closed since the Taliban seized power, according to a recent report from the Association of Free Journalists of Afghanistan that was published at the beginning of May.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).