Taliban Threats to Afghan Journalists Show Shift in Tactics

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Afghan journalists covering the fall of Kunduz this month had a litany of complaints: The military often blocked their access to the battle; top officials tried to get them to change reports that disputed official accounts; some, like staffers for Al Jazeera, were even expelled from the area.

 

All of that quickly faded, however, when the Taliban made the ultimate complaint about negative coverage: On Oct. 12, the insurgents not only threatened to kill anyone working for two of the country’s leading television channels, but also made it highly personal. Using social media sites, the insurgents posted slickly produced videos that scrolled menacingly through archive pictures of about 30 of the networks’ staff members.

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