Beheshta Arghand Wiki – Beheshta Arghand Biography
Beheshta Arghand, a female anchor at TOLO, an Afghan news network, interviewed a senior Taliban representative. The interview garnered headlines around the world.
Female journalist flees Afghanistan following ground-breaking interview with Taliban spokesman because she is afraid of the terror group.
She is 24 years old.
Beheshta Arghand Flees Afghanistan
On August 17, Beheshta Arghand made history by interviewing TOLONews in the wake of the Taliban taking control of Kabul.
Two days later, she interviewed Malala Yousafzai, the activist from Pakistan who survived being shot in the head in a 2012 Taliban assassination attempt.
The first interview is believed to be the first time a member of the Taliban had been interviewed live on TV by a woman. At the same time, the second was described as the first time Malala had ever been interviewed on Afghan television, according to TOLONews.
While the appearance of Ms. Arghand and other women on the channel has been commonplace in recent years, as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, questions were raised on whether women would continue to be allowed to work in the media.
Now Ms. Arghand has told CNN she is fleeing the country out of fear amid reports of Taliban abuse against women.
Writing to the American news network on WhatsApp, she said: ‘I left the country because I fear the Taliban like millions of people.’
Saad Mohseni, the owner of TOLONews, said that Ms. Arghand’s case was indicative of the situation in the country now that the militant group is in control.
‘Almost all our well-known reporters and journalists have left,’ he told CNN. ‘We have been working like crazy to replace them with new people.’
‘We have the twin challenge of getting people out [because they feel unsafe] and keeping the operation going,’ he added.
TOLONews is a 24-hour news channel set up in Afghanistan in 2004 after the US invasion of the country removed the Taliban from power.
Now, after the US agreed to leave the country after 20 years of occupation, the Taliban have regained control of the country, and women are feared to be some of the most at-risk people under the new Taliban government.
Arghand, just 24 years old, told CNN that she had worked at TOLONews for ‘one month and 20 days before the Taliban took control.
Beforehand, she had studied journalism at Kabul University for four years and subsequently worked at several news agencies and radio stations.
Her interview with the Taliban spokesperson on August 17 was the first time in Afghanistan’s history that a Taliban representative appeared live in a TV studio sitting across from a female presenter,’ Mohseni said, writing for the Washington Post.