Taliban fighters hunting a Deutsche Welle journalist have “shot dead a member of his family and seriously injured another,” the German public broadcaster said in a report on Thursday evening.
The militants had been searching door-to-door to find the journalist, who now lives in Germany. Other relatives were able to flee and are now fugitives from the Taliban.
“The killing of a close relative of one of our editors by the Taliban yesterday is inconceivably tragic, and testifies to the acute danger in which all our employees and their families in Afghanistan find themselves,” DW Director General Peter Limbourg said.
“It is evident that the Taliban are already carrying out organized searches for journalists, both in Kabul and in the provinces,” he added.
The Taliban have broken into the homes of at least three other DW journalists. Reports of other journalists who have been shot dead or have been kidnapped have surfaced, according to DW.
German media organizations including DW have published an open letter urging the German government to create an emergency visa scheme for Afghan staff.
Reporters without Borders called for the U.N. Security Council to address the dangerous circumstances for journalists in Afghanistan.
The Taliban promised not to carry our reprisals at their first press conference, and are leading a media-savvy PR campaign aiming to show good faith, but multiple reports demonstrate their actions are in direct contradiction to their promises.
A report from the RHIPTO Norwegian Center for Global Analyses, which provides intelligence to the U.N., found Taliban militants are on the lookout for people who worked for NATO and are threatening their families, according to Reuters.
Amnesty International reported Taliban fighters massacred nine ethnic Hazara men in the Ghazni province last month. Six of the men were shot and three were tortured to death. Amnesty said it has been on the ground in Afghanistan in the last few days and has verified the killings.
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