Journalist Charlotte Bellis Questions Taliban

New Zealander Charlotte Bellis was the only female journalist at the Taliban’s first official press conference in Afghanistan last week and her bold question to the group of armed men who took over the capital Kabul shocked the world, Alice Murphy and Olivia Day report for the Daily Mail.

The question centred around how they would respect the rights of thousands of terrified Afghan women, Murphy and Day report.

“I want to talk to you about women’s rights and girl’s rights, about whether women will be allowed to work and if girls will still go to school,” Bellis said.

“What assurances can you give to women and girls that their rights will be protected?”

Bellis has worked for Al Jazeera, an independent news organisation funded partly by the Qatari government, from Afghanistan since 2019.

Original article by Alice Murphy and Olivia Day, Daily Mail, August 18, 2021.

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