UN concerned about intimidation of Afghan media

The United Nations has expressed concern about media intimidation in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, following a series of detentions of journalists.

Taliban authorities detained reporters covering protests calling for the protection of women's rights.

Two journalists from a local newspaper say they were detained and beaten by Taliban security personnel after covering a protest in Kabul on Wednesday.

After their release, the journalists told a news conference on Thursday that journalism will cease to exist within a few months if the Taliban continue such acts.

Taliban leaders say they will respect the rights of media workers within the framework of Islamic law.

But a local journalists' association says at least 14 journalists covering protests were detained on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, told the Security Council on Thursday that UN officials are disturbed at the increasing violence, including intimidation of the media.