Taliban Declares War on Journalists

Friday, October 19, 2012

Transcript

The widespread media coverage of Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousafzai seems to have come as a surprise to the Taliban, who are claiming the media are biased against them.  Brooke speaks to Pakistani journalist Mushtaq Yusufzai, who says the Taliban are planning attacks on journalists because they feel the media are ruining their reputation.

Andrew Pekler - Here Comes the Night

Guests:

Mushtaq Yusufzai

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [2]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

That would be paid PR flak, as so many of today's so-called journalists are and have been for some time.

Now, my cousin bragged that he'd established the Afghan West Point but since toned it down to a "we" from "I". Still, despite high profile green on blue incidents, I hear from news sources that Afghan forces are actually improving now and I'll grant that he and his ilk laid the groundwork. I'll bet his staunch born-again beliefs made us some enemies, too.

Meanwhile, I've felt for some time that the Taliban's days were numbered when, after the people's liberation there , I saw a t.v. news report on the fathers of Afghanistan who built numbers of small, hand-run Ferris wheels for their kids. The original Ferris Wheel was designed to emulate yet overwhelm Eiffel's Tower with the United States' technological superiority plus it was just so darn much fun! What has the Taliban to offer that can compete with Malala, her brethren, her kin, trampolines, skateboards, and them! They're even talking about National Parks!

Oct. 25 2012 04:19 PM
Bill MacGillivray from Knoxville, TN

When Brooke asked Mr. Yusufzai why he continusd to work despite such threats to his life, I was profoundly moved by his simple assertion that he did this because he was a journalist and was commited to informing the public. While not every journalist has to face the harrowing consequences of belonging to this profession, I would hope that every journalist in this country would make the same level of commitment. And that those who cannot would simply stop calling themselves journalists and select another name for their work.

Oct. 21 2012 11:10 AM

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