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Afghanistan ranked among the most dangerous countries for journalists

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Reporters Without Borders, in its latest report, has assessed Vietnam, Russia, and Afghanistan as the most dangerous countries for journalists.

The report was published on Sunday, stating that free media in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban have faced severe suppression, and the Taliban are arresting journalists on charges of espionage.

Reporters Without Borders has documented at least 21 cases of journalist arrests in Afghanistan in 2023, stating that at least three journalists are still in ‘Taliban prison’.

According to the report, which is prepared based on indicators such as freedom and independence of media, tolerance of the power base, security of journalists, and the environment for revealing critical content, countries like Vietnam, Russia, and Afghanistan are at the top of the list of countries that are dangerous for journalists.

In 2023, a total of 779 journalists have been detained for at least a short period; of these, 547 journalists are still in prison in various countries worldwide.

The Afghanistan Journalists Center has also stated in its annual report on the situation of journalists in Afghanistan that in 2023, it registered 168 cases of journalists’ rights violations in Afghanistan.

The cases registered at this centre include death, injury, threats, and arrests of journalists in Afghanistan. In addition, at least 8 cases of media activity bans have also been registered in 2023.

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