Charles and Camilla ‘trying to show good side’ says expert
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Speaking at a Women in Journalism event at Dumfries House, Camilla spoke with BBC journalist Yalda Hakim, who recently interviewed a Taliban spokesman on air. The Duchess of Cornwall said: “Before I go, I just wanted to say one thing which I think is extremely important at the moment, especially with what is going on in Afghanistan and the women journalists who are working there.
“It’s been a particular pleasure to speak to Yalda Hakim, who recently interviewed a Taliban spokesman with such focus and composure.
“I’ve been reliably informed that in 2020, there were 700 female journalists working in Kabul.
“Today, there are fewer than 100. With the loss of 600 voices, the experiences of countless Afghans will remain untold.
She added: “All journalists who fight for truth and justice in the face of retribution deserve our thanks and admiration.
“Let’s do all we can to support, promote and, crucially, listen to the brave female journalists of Afghanistan, whose work puts them in danger every single day.”
The Duchess of Cornwall’s comments follow as the Taliban begin a crackdown on women in the failed state.
Reports have previously shown several female students being hidden behind curtains in Afghan universities.
Women attending private Afghan universities are now required by the Taliban to wear an abaya robe and niqab covering their face.
Aaina, an Afghan university student spoke about the situation with female students being required to enter the university in separate entrances to men.
She told i News: “I went to university today, but [out of] 50 students in a class, only three came.”
There have been reports of women being signed off to Taliban members and women’s rights demonstrations being broken up by the militant group.
Last week according to local reports a pregnant policewoman was shot dead by the Taliban, the group deny they have anything to do with her death.
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Spokesman for the Taliban Zabiullah Mujaheed said: “We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing.”
Two journalists working for the Etilaatrox newspaper have said they were beaten and tortured by the Taliban after covering a women’s rights demonstration.
Journalist Taqi Daryabi, told Sky News: “What they did is not what a human should do to another human…but what the Taliban did, it’s in the past and gone and I’m not afraid or scared.”
“This won’t stop me, because it’s my profession and I will continue. I won’t stop. I’m informing people what’s happening and no one will stop us doing this.”
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