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Video of Armed Taliban Standing Behind News Presenter Goes Viral: ‘Looks More Like a Hostage Video'

Added 08-30-21 08:34:03am EST - “BBC's Yalda Hakim shared a short video clip purported to be of Afghan TV in which armed Taliban foot soldiers stand behind an Afghan television presenter.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Video of Armed Taliban Standing Behind Afghan News Presenter Draws Fire: 'Like a Hostage Video'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the event that the world needed more evidence that Afghanistan is a very different place today than it was even a few weeks ago, a new video has emerged that puts that difference in stark relief.

BBC’s Yalda Hakim shared a short video clip purported to be of Afghan TV in which armed Taliban foot soldiers stand behind an Afghan television presenter while talking about the collapse of the Ghani government and telling viewers that the Afghan people should not be afraid of the new Islamic Emirate. Hakim tweeted:

This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watching over the host. The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghani govt & says the Islamic Emirate says the Afghan people should not to be afraid #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/oEverVgLOE

The 42-second video paints such a stark image of how a “free” press can so quickly devolve when a government falls, particularly to a fundamentalist religious group such as the Taliban. And so the reaction to the video that went viral pretty much made that point. To wit:

#Surreal4Sure #FactVsFictionWow!Depending on what he utters, this news anchor is sure to be shot – either by camera or by AK47! https://t.co/f70DGedLOJ

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