The Taliban has announced 11 rules for journalist organizations, imposing some more restrictions on media freedom in Afghanistan. The publication of any material against Islam is prohibited under these rules. Publication of derogatory material against national figures has also been banned. Journalists have been asked to report their reports to the government media office.
Steven Butler, a senior member of the US-based press freedom organization, said that we are receiving hundreds of emails from journalists in Afghanistan. The journalists there are scared and are asking us for help. Since the fall of the Afghan government, more than 150 media outlets in Afghanistan have ceased operations as they struggle to carry out their day-to-day operations, Tolo News reported. This is because the Taliban is constantly interfering in the media's 'right to information', which is hindering the work of journalist organizations.
According to the report of The New York Times, some major newspapers have been forced to shut down their operations and publish only online amid the rapidly growing economic slowdown in the country. Journalists covering demonstrations against the new government formed after the Taliban toppled a democratically elected government earlier this month have also been cracked down. Contrary to its promises to the global community, the Taliban is violating the basic human rights of media workers. They are constantly being harassed, harassed and many journalists have lost their lives.
Not only this, changes have also been made in the content shown on private TV channels by the Taliban. Important news bulletins, political debates, entertainment and concerts and foreign dramas have been replaced by programs tailored to the Taliban government. Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on the Taliban to immediately stop detaining journalists in Afghanistan and allow the media to operate freely without fear of retaliation.
Dawa Khan Mainapal, 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. Taliban fighters began searching for journalists soon after the capture of Kabul. Many were tortured while some were killed.