A survey by the Afghanistan Women’s Journalist Association (AWJA) revealed that female journalists in Afghanistan deal with multiple challenges, including limited access to information.
The AWJA’s findings reveal that female journalists grapple with multiple issues, including job insecurity, financial constraints, and other significant restrictions that hinder their ability to work effectively.
Mina Habib, the head of AWJA, emphasized that the survey revealed significant issues faced by female journalists in Afghanistan, with 45% identifying unemployment and home confinement as the top concerns, while 5%, 10%, and 7% noted poverty, lack of information access, and job security as additional pressing challenges, respectively.
Female journalists in Afghanistan have voiced their frustration over the hurdles they encounter in accessing crucial information and attending specific press conferences, significantly hampering their reporting efforts. These restrictions pose significant challenges to their work in a complex environment.
On the other hand, male journalists in Afghanistan have echoed concerns regarding their access to information and have called upon the government to address this issue swiftly.
Their demand highlights the importance of open and transparent information dissemination for journalists of all genders in the country.
Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, they imposed stringent restrictions on journalists and accessible media outlets, prompting a mass exodus of professionals, including journalists, seeking asylum in Western and neighbouring countries.
This exodus was driven by the absence of job opportunities, severely limited access to information, and even security threats, creating a dire situation for media professionals in the country.