Afghan Media Mogul Saad Mohseni: ‘We Have To Engage With The Taliban’

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Jowharspoke with Saad Mohseni, President and CEO of Moby Group, a conglomerate that owns various media outlets in Afghanistan. He believes the world should “compromise with the Taliban”, saying that “there is an opportunity for them to moderate their policies.” Mohseni noted that, to his surprise, Afghanistan’s new teachers have so far let Moby Group journalists keep working.

Saad Mohseni is the Chairman and CEO of Moby Group, a conglomerate that owns various media outlets in Afghanistan, including TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s main television channel. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he said that he was surprised by the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban on August 15. Mohseni blamed ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the United States for the outcome, emphasizing that both had undermined the Afghan security forces.

The businessman said he had decided to keep his media outlets running, adding that despite some tensions, his journalists have been able to do their job. Our guest promised to continue operating until the Taliban cross the “red lines.” He did not specify them, but noted that women for now were allowed to continue to host programs and report on the ground.

However, Mohseni expressed concern over several cases of violence against other journalists in Afghanistan, noting that there appeared to be a lack of adequate control by the Taliban over their fighters. He also said there was no choice but to “engage” with the Taliban in order to address the humanitarian, political and, most importantly, economic crisis affecting the country.