Taliban Wear Tax on Media Offices in Ghazni Province

In an effort to find new ways to finance its insurgency, the Taliban switched taxes and threatened news agencies in central Afghanistan if they reject the demands of the militant group.

The Taliban have recently demanded that media in central Ghazni province, "The Taliban contacted us by phone in the early spring and demanded 4,000 dollars, saying it was the tax they are now wearing on media across the country," said Ahmad Farid Omari, managing editor a local TV station told VOA.

"We often report threats to Afghan officials, but no action is taken, after being warned and threatened several times, we finally pay." Omari added.

Unlimited journalists, or RSF, a global watchdog organization overseeing media freedom Monday also reported Taliban militants threatening to ban media organizations across the province from operating if they refuse to pay the demands. [19659002] However, Afghan officials, not to exaggerate the issue by saying the practice is not widespread and the government has taken the necessary measures to ensure the security of media organizations. [my/jm]

Social Media Content Suspect Mass Shootings Very 'Disruptive'

The suspect of a blind shootout at a high school in Florida was a troubled teenager who uploaded unsettling material on social media before committing an action that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement officer and his former schoolmate.

Sheriff Broward County Scott Israel says that the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, has been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for disciplinary reasons.

However, Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old student at school says Cruz was expelled in the last school year after fighting with his ex-boyfriend's new boyfriend. He said that Cruz often acted harshly against his ex-girlfriend.

 Nikolas Cruz, the shooter at Marjory Stoneman High School, Florida, February 14, 2018.

Nikolas Cruz, the shooter in SMA Marjory Stoneman, Florida, February 14, 2018.

School officials say after being expelled from Marjory Stoneman Doughlas, Cruz continued his education at another school in Broward County (county-level district).

Also read: Police: 17 Killed in Shooting Incident at Florida High School

According to friends and relatives, the suspect's mother, Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia last November, as reported by Sun Sentinel. Lynda Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack a few years earlier, adopted Nikolas and her sister, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island in New York to Broward County, Florida.

Mayor Broward County Beam Furr said in an interview that the shooter had been treated at a mental health clinic for some time, but he did not return to the clinic for more than a year. [lt]

'Hunted' Media, Cheerleader North Korea Rush Leave South Korea Beach

The North Korean cheerleader team expressed his disappointment. They just wanted to enjoy the beach in South Korea after the Pyeongchang winter olympics but failed.

Cheerleader dressed in a red uniform and a red-and-white hat visited Gyeongpo Beach, Gangneung, South Korea. As soon as they arrived, many journalists were waiting to cover them.

The cheerleaders walked quickly away from reporters and returned to the bus. One member of the North Korean cheerleader expressed his disappointment.

"We have not been able to see the beach yet," said one member.

Previously, the North Korean cheerleading team was also in the spotlight when they performed at Ojukheon House, the oldest traditional house in South Korea.

(nkn / nkn)

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Rare! Photos of South Korean President Appear in Korean Official Media

  Moon Jae -in appeared in North Korea's official media (North Korea) today, with four photographs on Rodong Sinmun , the official mouthpiece of the ruling North Korean party. This is a rare thing to happen.

As usual, the headlines on the front page of the newspaper are filled with the activities of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un – in this edition, Kim gets a gift from the Air Force commander Zimbabwe who visited.

But the front page of the newspaper also posted seven photos of the departure and arrival of the North Korean diplomatic delegation to the South Korean Olympic Games, led by the head of the ceremonial state Kim Yong Nam and sister Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong

Inside, the media displayed other photographs of their encounter with Moon and the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics – four photographs of which featured Moon who was named president.

As reported by news agency AFP Saturday (10/2/2018), it is very unusual for the North Korean media to post a photo of a South Korean leader. It is also rare for the North Korean media to name the South Korean leader as president – as long as this North Korean media calls him chief executive or another term.

The official North Korean news agency Korean Central News Agency ( KCNA ) this time also mentions Moon as president. Nam Yong Nam Yo Jong is the first names mentioned KCNA in his report on the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Moon just appeared in the fifth paragraph: "Also present Moon Jae In and South Korean political and social figures."

But the media did not mention who sat in the same area as Moon and as well Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong. "The audience cheered and applauded when North and South Korean athletes entered the arena together behind a unification flag," wrote Kronna . ] <! –


Pakistan Banned Media Preach Valentine's Day

Pakistan banned Valentine's Day celebrations or Valentine's Day and media coverage surrounding the celebration for the second year in a row, after the court declared Valentine's Day un-Islamic.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Agency (Pemra) issued a warning on Wednesday 7/2), prohibits television and radio stations from celebrating Valentine's Day.

"There can be no official celebrations nor held in public places," said Pemra.

The author was adopted after the Islamabad High Court last year, following a petition from a citizen who said the February 14 holiday was an imported culture from the West and "incompatible with Islamic teachings."

More than 60 percent of Pakistan's Muslim-majority population is under 30 years old. Many young people and businesses celebrate Valentine's Day with flowers, chocolates and heart-shaped items.

But the country of 208 million people also witnessed a wave of ultra-religious political activism, which attacked similar celebrations. Some parties call the celebration immoral.

Some parties, including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam that has ties to the Taliban, have in recent years been marching to protest the holiday.

"We are Muslims. Our religion forbids things like Valentine's Day, "said Taufeeq Leghari, who was waiting for a public transport near a fresh flower stall in Rawalpindi, adjacent to Islamabad.

Flower seller Salman Mahmood has a different view. "I do not know what danger the Islamists face, if I can profit marginally from selling flowers and someone has a chance to celebrate something," he said.

The young people did not seem to be too concerned about the ban.

"I will celebrate," said Abid Ansari, a 21-year-old student in Islamabad. "This is my choice," Abid said. [fw/au]