Kabul – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written a letter to Richard Bennett, the UN’s new special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, calling for urgent action to defend journalists and press freedom in Afghanistan. According to RSF, arbitrary arrests are on the rise and a climate of fear has taken hold in all media outlets in the country.
The organization wrote the letter to Mr. Bennett on Tuesday, April 12.
As stated by RSF’s letter, despite a claim by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the press freedom situation has worsened dramatically, journalists are being arrested arbitrarily and new restrictions have been imposed on them and media outlets. The letter states that restrictions on the media and journalists have increased since the beginning of 2022 and that Taliban intelligence members have unilaterally stopped broadcasting programs and directly detained journalists.
The UN Human Rights Council appointed Richard Bennett as the UNHCR rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan on March 27, 2022.
Since the rise of the Taliban insurgents, they have imposed strict restrictions on the media outlets in the country, as well as they have arbitrarily arrested and tortured many journalists so far.
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Source: Hasht-e Subh Daily