Taliban release Parwan journalist after three days in custody

Neda Mohammad Noori, a journalist with the Taliban-run national broadcaster RTA, has been released from a Taliban prison in central Parwan province after three days of detention, according to a statement from the Afghanistan Journalists Center.

Reports indicate that Noori was released on Monday evening, May 6, after providing a “guarantee.”

Noori was arrested by Taliban intelligence on Saturday, May 4, while leaving his home in the Hofyan-e-Sharif area in Charikar City, center of Parwan province, on his way to work.

While the Taliban have not provided details about the reason for his arrest, the Afghanistan Journalists Center cites sources claiming that he was detained on charges of “collaborating with media outlets in exile.”

Taliban has arrested dozens of journalists and media workers since they took over Afghanistan in August 2021. They have also imposed various restrictions on media and journalists’ activists in the country, especially female journalists and media workers.