ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban’s intimidation, threats and assaults on Afghan journalists are unacceptable, the U.N. stated Wednesday, because it expressed concern for the way forward for the nation’s media.
Many journalists misplaced their jobs after the Taliban takeover in August 2021, with media retailers closing over an absence of funds or as a result of workers left the nation. Ladies journalists face extra hardships due to work bans and journey restrictions.
Throughout their earlier rule within the late Nineties, the Taliban barred most tv, radio and newspapers within the nation.
The U.N. mission in Afghanistan stated that though journalists proceed to work, they’re compelled to navigate “unclear and infrequently arbitrary boundaries of reporting towards an ever-present risk of repression and closure.”
Its feedback coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which is noticed Could 3.
The UN secretary-general’s particular consultant for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, stated the day was a second to indicate solidarity with the Afghan journalists attempting to keep up unbiased reporting.
“Journalists are being compelled to make editorial choices based mostly on concern, not public curiosity,” stated Otunbayeva. “The persistent intimidation, threats, and assaults on journalists are unacceptable. We urge the Taliban de facto authorities to ensure the liberty and independence of the media, and the security of journalists, ladies and men alike.”
No one from the Tradition and Info Ministry was instantly obtainable for remark. It’s holding an occasion in Kabul to mark World Press Freedom Day.
Media watchdog Reporters with out Borders ranks Afghanistan 152 out of 180 nations in its newest World Press Freedom Index, launched Wednesday. It stated the atmosphere for reporters continues to worsen and ladies journalists have “been actually erased from public life.”
It stated 43% of Afghan media retailers disappeared after the Taliban takeover of August 2021. Of the ten,780 individuals working in Afghan newsrooms, 8,290 males and a couple of,490 ladies, initially of that month, simply 4,360 had been nonetheless working in December, 3,950 males and 410 ladies.