Taliban fighters looking to exact revenge against journalists affiliated with Western media on Thursday shot dead the relative of an Afghan journalist for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) who had left the country. They also injured another at his home in Western Afghanistan.
DW Director General Peter Limbourg has confirmed the vendetta and called on the German government to step up efforts to bring journalists working with Western media to safety.
“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,” Limbourg said in a statement.
“It is evident that the Taliban are already carrying out organized searches for journalists, both in Kabul and in the provinces. We are running out of time!”
DW has said it won’t reveal the name of the journalist or the location of his family “as their lives are still at risk.”
The Islamist militant movement had ensured it would allow free media during its first news conference on Tuesday after capturing the capital Kabul. But most Western media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, have closed their bureaus and evacuated their reporters.
More to come.