'Enter at your own risk' – Journalists recall post-9/11 assignment in Afghanistan: ST Podcast 9/11, 20 years on special (Pt 1)

  • 16 Sep 2021

ST Podcast 9/11, 20 years on special (Pt 1): 'Enter at your own risk' – Journalists recall post-9/11 assignment in Afghanistan 39.50 mins Synopsis: 2021 marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Mr Melvinderpal Singh and Ms Seto Nu-Wen were journalists with The New Paper in 2001, when the 9/11 attacks happened in the United States. The Straits Times' Jonathan Roberts speaks with Melvin and Seto, as they recall their assignments to Afghanistan with photographer Mohd Ishak soon after the attacks. Afghanistan was sheltering the terrorist leader behind the attacks, Osama Bin Laden. They recall: What Melvin and Seto recall of the 9/11 attacks as they unfolded, and the reaction in their newsroom in Singapore (0:45) Just before the 9/11 attacks, how they and The New Paper had been reporting on emerging terrorist groups in South-east Asia and possible links to Afghanistan (2:30) How Melvin went to report in Afghanistan a week before the US invasion on Oct 7, 2001 - termed Operation Enduring Freedom (4:58) First impressions of Afghanistan, and dealing with danger (11:03) Challenges Seto faced as a female journalist in Afghanistan (17:21) People whose lives and stories remain etched in Melvin's and Seto's memories (20:22) How the 9/11 attacks affected their own world views (30:55) The legacy of Pashtun pride and how they view Afghanistan now (34:10) Listen to Pt 2: Terror threat seeds in South-east Asia planted way before 2001 attacks in US Produced by: Jonathan Roberts, Shawn Lee Miller & Ernest Luis Edited by: Jonathan Roberts & Hadyu Rahim Follow ST podcasts and rate us on: Channel: https://str.sg/JWVR Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PwZCYU Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Lu4rPP Google podcasts: http://str.sg/googlestbt Websites: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg  --- Discover more ST podcast series: Green Pulse Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaf Health Check Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaN ST Sports Talk Podcast: https://str.sg/JWRE Life Weekend Picks Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa2 #PopVultures Podcast: https://str.sg/JWad Bookmark This! Podcast: https://str.sg/JWas Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: https://str.sg/J6hQ Discover BT Podcasts: https://bt.sg/pcPL Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.