The Taliban leadership has vowed to let media operate freely, but warned of repercussions if they indulge in character assassination
Taliban on Wednesday arrested 5 journalists of Etilaatroz, a Kabul-based daily, a day after the group announced a new government.
Zaki Daryabi, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, has confirmed the arrests, Hindustan Times reported citing TOLONews.
Fears of repression have been on the rise among journalists and rights workers since the Taliban took over the country following a sweeping military offensive in mid-August after the fall of the Western-backed elected government, led by Ashraf Ghani.
After taking over power last month, the Taliban leadership has vowed to let media operate freely, but warned of repercussions if they indulge in character assassination, which is tentamount to demeaning Islam according to the Taliban.
The group also promised the international organization that they would respect the rights of the journalists and freedom of expression in the country.
However, they arrested several journalists on Tuesday who were covering an anti-Pakistan demonstration in the capital, India Today reported citing TOLO news.
The Taliban announced a new government led by some of its veteran hardline leaders on Tuesday. Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund has been appointed as the prime minister of new "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."