Afghanistan has lost 60% of journalists under Taliban
AFGHANISTAN: Almost 60 percent of Afghanistan’s journalists have lost their jobs or fled the country since the Taliban takeover a year ago, according to a survey published Friday by Reporters Without Borders.
The France-based NGO said 219 of the country’s 547 media organisations had ceased operations since the Taliban took power on August 15, 2021. Women journalists have been most impacted, with 76 percent losing their jobs.
“Journalism has been decimated during the past year in Afghanistan,” RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said in a statement.
The survey found that only 656 women journalists were still working, the vast majority in Kabul, down from 2,756 a year ago. Some media outlets have been forced to shut by rules against broadcasting music and other content, while others have been unable to continue without international funding.
A decree issued by Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada last month warned against “defaming and criticising Government officials without proof”. It was the latest in a series of measures aimed at curbing press freedoms.
At least 80 journalists have been detained for varying periods by security forces in the past year, with three currently imprisoned, RSF said.
The NGO ranked Afghanistan at 156 out of 179 countries in its press freedom index for 2022.
– DAILY TIMES