New Delhi: Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Ashraf Haidari, denounced a BBC social media correspondent on Sunday over the journalist’s comments on violence in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban are closing in on a number of Afghan towns, launching major military assaults on them… but at least from what I’ve seen, they don’t seem to be using suicide cars – previously a favored tactic. … Are they withholding this until September? Or just stop them? (sic) ”, Secunder Kermani, BBC correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan for four years, posted in a tweet.
Haidari replied: “A typical BBC journalist, hardly daring to adhere to the basic principles of balanced journalism …”. “Referred to as the State which owns this enterprise”.
A typical BBC journalist, barely daring to adhere to the basics of balanced journalism, which a) would report Taliban victims by 100 per day, b) foreign madrasas that brainwash young people and send them to die and destroy, and c) name the State owner of this enterprise. https://t.co/WGIjXv2gyD
– Ambassador Mr. Ashraf Haidari (@MAshrafHaidari) August 1, 2021
Since the United States and its allies began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan last month, there has been an upsurge in violence in the region as fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces escalated. . No less than 2,000 civilians have been killed since April 14 and 2,200 injured.
The Taliban also captured several districts, including Takhar, the northeastern province of Afghanistan, and seized key border crossings.
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BBC presenter and chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet responded to the ambassador by distinguishing social media from journalism.
“Thank you for following the BBC coverage. Please don’t judge us on very short tweets that can’t say the same. We are all trying to get as much information as possible. Thank you for your contribution, ”she said.
Thanks for following the BBC coverage. Please don’t judge us on really short tweets that can’t say the same. We all try to get as much information as possible. Thank you for your contribution.
– lyse doucet (@bbclysedoucet) August 1, 2021
To this, Haidari said, “In today’s world of instant information sharing, very few care about the link in the tweet but what the tweet itself reports.”
Amid the recent violence, Taliban negotiators who held peace talks with the Afghan government attempted to project a “softer” image of the group by promising that girls can go to school and that women will be allowed to go to school. work when they come to power.
In early July, a statement allegedly issued by the Taliban ordering villagers to marry their daughters and widows to the group’s infantrymen was shared on social media.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the group, denied issuing such a statement. “These are baseless claims… These are rumors spread using fabricated papers,” he said.
(Edited by Manasa Mohan)
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