Tolo News reported that 150 media outlets in the country have been closed since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, leaving them unable to carry out their day-to-day tasks.
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In order to censor and suppress the freedom of the press in Afghanistan, the Taliban has introduced ’11 Rules’ for media organizations. According to the report of The New York Times, the restrictions imposed under the new rules (Taliban Media Rules) have been asked to prohibit the publication of such hate, which is against Islam or that insults national persons. At the same time, instructions have also been given to prepare news reports in coordination with journalists and government media office.
Steven Butler, a senior member of the US-based Press Freedom Organization, said, “Journalists are scared. Our organization is getting hundreds of e-mails from Afghan journalists asking for help. Tolo News reported that 150 media outlets in the country have been closed since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, leaving them unable to carry out their daily tasks. According to the report of The New York Times, amidst the country’s economic slowdown, some major newspapers have also been forced to stop print operations and now publish only online.
Taliban fighters are torturing media personnel
Earlier this month, the Taliban also cracked down on journalists covering demonstrations against the “new government” formed after the democratically elected government was toppled. Contrary to promises made by the Taliban to respect human values, it has violated the basic human rights of media workers. Media personnel are being harassed by Taliban fighters. There have also been reports of torturing and killing them. Changes have been made in the content shown on private TV channels. Important news bulletins, political debates, entertainment and music shows, foreign dramas have been replaced with programs tailored to the Taliban.
Taliban kills media persons
Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also called on the Taliban to immediately stop detaining journalists in Afghanistan and allow the media to operate freely without fear of reprisal. The situation in the country has changed since the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the military advance of the Taliban. Dawa Khan Minapal, director of Afghanistan’s State Information Media Center in Kabul, was assassinated in the first week of August. Two days later, Paktia Ghag radio journalist Toofan Omar was assassinated by Taliban fighters.
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