Taliban militants attack Turkish photojournalist Bülent Kılıç for covering women's protest
Taliban militants have attacked Turkish photojournalist Bülent Kılıç, of AFP, in Afghanistan, as he was covering a women's protest. Kılıç shared the moments of the attack on Twitter, along with the note: “This is how Taliban treat journalists in Afghanistan especially if you want to cover women demo!”
Turkish photojournalist Bülent Kılıç, of AFP, has been attacked by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, as he was trying to photograph a group of women staging a demonstration.
The attack was captured on camera, which Kılıç shared on his Twitter account.
“This is how Taliban treat journalists in Afghanistan especially if you want to cover women demo!” wrote Kılıç in his tweet.
This is how Taliban treat journalists in Afghanistan especially if you want to cover women demo! pic.twitter.com/U3x51PVE9k— Bulent KILIC (@Kilicbil) October 21, 2021
Panic and turmoil grip Afghanistan after the Taliban captured the capital city of Kabul and the president fled in August.
The Taliban have been reversing some of the rights won by Afghan women over the 20 years since the hardline movement was toppled.
During the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women could not work, girls were not allowed to attend school and women had to cover their faces and be accompanied by a male relative if they wanted to venture out of their homes.
And now with the hardline movement back in power, a dark future is awaiting women, in the face of moves to segregate and push them out of public life.
Meanwhile, photojournalist Kılıç had also become the subject of an attack in June, this time in Istanbul by the police.
The incident had occurred as Kılıç was covering the Pride march in Istanbul's Taksim. A video shared on Twitter had shown Kılıç being surrounded by police officers, with some of them pressing their knees into the photojournalist's back.
Kılıç's remarks of “I can't breathe” had shown the police brutality in Turkey.