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Deutsche Welle’s board and broadcasting chiefs on Tuesday urged the German government to allow the evacuation of DW journalists from Afghanistan.

“With the Taliban takeover, the lives of Deutsche Welle employees and their families in Afghanistan are seriously threatened,” said DW Broadcasting Board Chairman Karl Jüsten and DW Chairman of the Board. , Peter Clever.

“On its own, the fact that they were working for a Western broadcaster could result in torture and death,” they added.

Taliban raiding homes of DW journalists

Jüsten pointed out that DW’s Afghan correspondents have reported in their local languages ​​for years and are known by name.

“We reliably know that the Taliban have already raided the homes of three of our employees looking for them,” Jüsten said.

DW has been in close contact with the German Foreign Ministry for several days in order to facilitate the evacuation of the broadcaster’s employees and their families.

The names and contact details of the personnel in question have been sent to the Foreign Ministry so that they can be scheduled for evacuation flights.

In addition, DW also joined with other major German newspapers and broadcasters in calling on the German government to establish an emergency visa program for Afghan employees.

Journalists “in great danger”

The German Federation of Journalists (DJV) also called on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to quickly remove local DW staff in Afghanistan from the country.

“People are in great danger because of their work,” said DJV chairman Frank Ãœberall in Düsseldorf.

The local staff of DW’s Afghanistan office and their families “can no longer simply be left to fend for themselves,” he added.

It is not yet clear whether all DW staff and their relatives will even be able to make it to Kabul airport, as the Taliban are reportedly blocking and controlling the access routes.

In addition, not all staff have the necessary documents, such as passports. The DJV is also concerned that the German government does not have the capacity to fly all those affected.

This article was translated from German.


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