Over 6,000 journalists unemployed as Taliban stifles Afghan media


The strict rules imposed by the Taliban regime have made reporting extremely difficult for journalists and media outlets in Afghanistan Image Courtesy AP

Since the Taliban started to rule Afghanistan after driving out US-led NATO forces from Kabul, the Afghan media has not been able to do its job freely.

Many radio and TV stations as well as news agencies are struggling to stay afloat under Taliban rule. According to a report by Khama Press, more than 6,000 journalists have lost their jobs since the Afghan Taliban captured Kabul in August 2021.

Poor condition of journalists under Taliban rule

The situation of journalists in Afghanistan is very worrying. The strict rules imposed by the Taliban regime have made reporting extremely difficult for journalists and media outlets. The work of journalists has been limited to covering only blasts and suicide attacks.

The Taliban had promised to uphold media freedom when they took power in August 2021. However, a month later, new regulations were introduced in which media were censored and journalists were put under pressure.

Significantly, in the year 2022, more than 200 violations had been registered against journalists in Afghanistan, which according to the United Nations include arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment, harassment, threats and intimidation.

The condition of media persons in Afghanistan is very bad. According to reports, several journalists were arrested and received death threats for reporting on sensitive issues.

The situation of female Afghan journalists is even more pathetic. Restrictions by the Taliban, such as preventing women from attending university and working in government or non-governmental organizations, also made it difficult for women journalists to work.


RELATED: Afghanistan is the only country condemning women of the basic right to education

Discriminations have reached a world par stage, where many countries have disregarded the norms of international human rights and stopping the women’s of their basic right to education. Afghanistan has become the only country to debarred women’s from education.

Crimes in Afghanistan against women’s has reached to a higher extend with banning them to receive higher education. As per the latest announcement made by the Taliban’s minister for higher education, Nida Mohammad Nadim, declared that universities are off limit to women in Afghanistan.

“No country in the world should bar women and girls from receiving an education. Education is a universal human right that must be respected,” said by the Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

They’ve been prohibiting girls from attending secondary school, issued only months after the fundamentalist group, who ruled in the late 1990s up to 2001, regained power in August 2021, sweeping back into the capital, Kabul.


RELATED: Collapse of Afghanistan’s legal system is ‘human rights catastrophe’: UN experts

Lawyers, judges, prosecutors, face grave safety risks in legal system, say experts

The collapse of the rule of law and judicial independence in Afghanistan is a human rights catastrophe, UN experts warned Friday.

“Lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and other actors involved with the legal system in Afghanistan face grave risks to their safety, and those still practicing must navigate a deeply challenging, non-independent legal system,” the experts said in a statement.

Ahead of International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Afghanistan and the independence of judges and lawyers issued a joint statement expressing concern.

“International actors should provide protection and safe passage to lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and other actors involved with the legal system, especially women, who are at risk of reprisal and attacks by the Taliban and others,” they said. “We are gravely concerned by the extreme exclusion of women from the legal system. In an act of brazen discrimination, the Taliban have attempted to effectively ban all women—including women judges, prosecutors, and lawyers—from participating in the legal system.”

The experts are Margaret Satterthwaite, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan.


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