Afghanistan Crisis: Media Freedom at risk under Taliban rule, No report without review
Quoting the Afghanistan Journalists Protection Committee (AJSC), Khama Press reported that local authorities in northern Badakhshan province have asked media outlets to publish their reports after review and censorship.
New Delhi: The Taliban government in Afghanistan issued a new media guideline. Meanwhile, the Taliban government has announced such a decision, due to which the media in Afghanistan will be cut off.
Taliban in Afghanistan:
In fact, the Taliban has declared that no media or news agencies will be allowed to publish anything against the interests of its so-called administration. Since the return of the Taliban to power, there was talk that now the media may have to face troubles in Afghanistan.
No freedom for Press:
Quoting the Afghanistan Journalists Protection Committee (AJSC), Khama Press reported that local authorities in northern Badakhshan province have asked media outlets to publish their reports after review and censorship. In its latest report, AJSC said that the Taliban in Badakhshan province has declared that no media or news agencies are allowed to publish against the group's interest. According to Khama Press, AJSC said that the provincial director of information and culture, Muezuddin Ahmadi, has said that women are not allowed to be present in public for reporting purposes.
At the same time, Muezuddin Ahmadi has said that women media personnel can work in a different office than male employees. Dozens of journalists have fled the country since the Taliban's withdrawal, fearing revenge for their reporting. Apart from this, there are also journalists who have gone into hiding. At the same time, many women have had to leave their senior positions. On the other hand, there are dozens of smaller media outlets that have had to be closed due to the ongoing misery in Afghanistan. The ongoing plight in the country has also affected the media organizations, because they are not able to even pay the salary of their employees.
70% media workers unemployed:
The Nehad Rasana-e-Afghanistan (NAI), an organization that supports the media in Afghanistan, said that since the Islamic Emirate's rule, more than 257 media outlets in the country have stopped functioning due to financial challenges as well as sanctions. This includes print, radio and TV stations. According to the watchdog, more than 70 percent of the media persons have become unemployed or have fled the country. The most affected community are those, which are still engaged in maintaining freedom of expression. No media has been able to report on corruption, mismanagement, lack of government capacity, or the behavior of Taliban people.
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