Monday, July 14, 2008

Taliban Murders Raise Questions of Associated Press Complicity

From the Jawa Report, Taliban militants on Saturday executed two women accused of prostitution, while a photographer from the Associated Press documented the killings:

Taliban Murders

Taliban Murders

Here's the text from Jawa Report, with updates at the link:

AP photographer Rahmatullah Naikzad was a witness to a Taliban murder. The two women were alleged to have been prostitutes who served Western clientèle.
The executions may have been videotaped as well.

Allahpundit adds this:

Judge for yourself from the photos whether they constitute PR work. Best case scenario: The AP’s stringer was taken hostage and forced to document the killings, which would explain why he didn’t interfere but wouldn’t explain why the AP chose to run photos shot under duress, i.e. not “uninfluenced.” Worst case scenario: He’s a Taliban sympathizer and went willingly to the scene with the AP’s blessing, a possibility that isn’t quite as far-fetched as it should be.
Here's a television news report as well:

See also, Atlas Shrugs, "Associated with Terrorists Press Aids Abets Islamic Killing."