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Amnesty International calls for release of four journalists in Afghanistan

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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

Amnesty International has called for the release of four journalists in Ghazni and Khost provinces, as well as the cancellation of the order to stop the broadcasts of “Noor” and “Barya” TV channels in Afghanistan.

In a statement released on Friday, April 26th, the organization urged the prevention of attacks on media and emphasized that no journalist should be detained for carrying out their duties.

The Afghan Journalists Center reported on Thursday, April 25th, that three journalists in Khost province had been arrested on charges of broadcasting music and making phone calls to women via radio in the province. The organization also highlighted Habibullah Taseer, a reporter for “Radio Azadi” in Ghazni province, and called for their release.

Meanwhile, the Media Violations and Complaints Commission suspended the broadcasts of Noor and Barya TV channels last week for not adhering to journalistic principles and national values.

The organization’s statement states: “The freedom of expression in Afghanistan is complex, and as of August 2023, more than 80% of female journalists have left media outlets.”

Following the regime change in Afghanistan in August 2021, oppressive policies have targeted journalists and media outlets, leading to a significant halt in media operations. According to the NIA report, 50% of media outlets in the country have ceased functioning, exacerbating concerns about media freedom.

The impact of these policies has been particularly severe for journalists, with over 80% of female journalists and 50% of male journalists losing their jobs. Despite widespread criticism, the Taliban has yet to address the issues faced by the media and journalists, further exacerbating concerns about human rights and media freedom in Afghanistan.

The situation remains dire for media freedom and human rights in Afghanistan, with oppressive policies persisting even amid mounting criticism. Despite calls for attention to the plight of journalists and media workers, the Taliban has not taken significant steps to address these concerns, prolonging the challenges faced by the media industry in the country.

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