An Afghan anchorman was caught in the unenviable position of reading the news while surrounded by armed Taliban fighters – as he told his viewers to “not be afraid.”
The nervous-looking presenter of Afghan TV’s Peace Studio political debate show is seen talking while two extremists glaring from behind, as well as being surrounded by six others after they apparently stormed the studio, according to Unilad.
“This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watching over the host,” the BBC’s Yalda Hakim said in a tweet.
“The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghani govt & says the Islamic Emirate says the Afghan people should not to be afraid,” she added about the Sunday broadcast.
Kian Sharifi, another BBC journalist, also shared the chilling footage.
“With armed Taliban fighters standing behind him, the presenter of Afghan TV’s Peace Studio political debate programme says the Islamic Emirate (Taliban’s preferred name)