Afghanistan female TV anchors defy Taliban by continuing to present on news channel

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Aug 17, 2021, 09:03 PM IST

Beheshta Arghand, a female television anchor, interviewed the Taliban official on camera on Tuesday in the channel's studio, asking about the situation in Kabul and the Taliban's house searches in the capital. Photograph:(Twitter)

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Tolo News, Afghanistan's most popular 24-hour news channel, resumed its broadcast with female anchors on Tuesday and one even interviewed a Taliban official, a stunning sight considering how much women's rights were stifled under their previous rule.

A female anchor from ToloNews interviewed a top Taliban official in the studio today, which was unimaginable when the Taliban governed Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

TOLONews, one of Afghanistan's leading news organisations, has re-started broadcasting with female anchors today. 

The channel's head of news Miraqa Popal made the announcement in a tweet.

"Our female presenter is interviewing a Taliban media team member live in our studio," Tolo's head of news, Miraqa Popal, wrote on Twitter.


Earlier on, Popal said: "We resumed our broadcast with female anchors today. @TOLOnews #Afghanistan." Popal said, adding a photo of a female anchor presenting the news on the channel to his tweet.


Women journalists were also seen reporting live from Kabul's streets.


Since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, women have been conspicuously absent from all major Afghan news networks. 


(With inputs from agencies)