A journalists’ rights groups in Afghanistan said that the Taliban have arrested two Afghan journalists working for a local news channel, weeks after two female activists went missing.

The rights group known as the Afghan Media Association, without naming anyone said that reporters Waris Hasrat and Aslam Hijab were picked up by masked gunmen in front of the channel’s office. They went out for lunch on Monday “and taken to an unknown location”.

They said Taliban officials are investigating the matter and have given them insurance. However, a spokesperson told AFP he had no information on the missing journalists.


Moreover, rights group Amnesty International demanded on Twitter that the Taliban “unconditionally and immediately release” the two.

Two weeks earlier, two female activists went missing after taking part in a demonstration in Kabul for women’s rights.

Previously, in September several Afghan journalists were beaten while covering rallies.