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Media Censorship on the Rise in Afghanistan: Amnesty International

Amnesty International says journalism is under siege in Afghanistan, stressing that at least 231 media outlets have reportedly closed in the country since the Taliban takeover of the country.

Amnesty International South Asia tweeted on Tuesday that journalists and media houses in Afghanistan must be allowed to work freely without fear of reprisal.

Amnesty International has said that media censorship is on the rise in Afghanistan, adding that more than four out of every ten media outlets have disappeared. Today (Tuesday, May 3) coincides with World Press Freedom Day.

According to amnesty, more than 6400 journalists have lost their jobs since August 15, 2021. The figure indicates that 60 percent of journalists and media employees are no longer able to work in Afghanistan. The rights group further states that four out of five women journalists cannot continue working due to gender discrimination implemented by the Taliban.

Since last August, the Taliban have detained, tortured, humiliated and imprisoned more than 80 journalists without even providing a justification.

The Amnesty also says that the Taliban have started imposing systematic censorship on media outlets in Afghanistan, banning BBC and Voice of America broadcast services, for example.

Afghanistan has witnessed the worst cases of violence against journalists in the last nine months. During this time many media outlets shut down and a significant number of journalists fled the country due to security threats and retaliation by the Taliban.

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Source: Hasht-e Subh Daily

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