International Federation of Journalists concerned for safety of journalists in Afghanistan
Update: Sep 17, 2021 9:48 PM STI
Kabul [Afghanistan], Sept. 17 (ANI): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Friday expressed concern over the safety of journalists in Afghanistan and criticized the Taliban for suppressing media freedom in the country.
Since the Taliban regime solidified in the country, at least 153 media outlets have been forced to shut down due to growing threats to journalists, and female media workers have been banned from work altogether, the federation reported. Sputnik.
“The situation in Afghanistan is becoming more and more dramatic for all media professionals, with many journalists displaced by the Taliban offensive, in hiding and without work. The IFJ stands in solidarity with its Afghan colleagues and calls on the Taliban to respect media freedom and the rights of journalists, ”the IFJ said in a statement.
In addition, over 7,000 journalists have also been detained by the Taliban.
Earlier in August, the IFJ urged the Taliban to ensure that the media can operate “without fear of reprisal or persecution” after the disappearance of a Pakistani journalist while reporting live from Kabul.
Contrary to promises made by the Taliban to respect human values, the group continues to violate the basic human rights of media personnel as they are harassed, tortured and killed in the country.
Journalists are afraid; feeling desperate as the spirit of journalism they built over the past two decades has ceased to exist now, Al Arabiya Post reported.
Earlier, a group of 150 Afghan journalists also urged the United Nations and the international community to protect them from threats by the Taliban. (ANI)