After the Taliban returned to power, women journalists were barred from working and about 153 media organizations were forced to cease operations, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) stated in a new report released on Friday, September 17.
IFJ announced that violence against media workers and attacks on press freedom in Afghanistan have increased.
“I believe what we will see emerge is an official media – a Taliban media – and no women,” said Anthony Bellanger, IFJ secretary-general.
Reports of arrests, confiscation of equipment, and even torture and beatings of journalists are on the rise in Afghanistan, he said.
The International Federation of Journalists “is deeply concerned for the journalists’ safety after the Taliban released approximately 1,000 serious criminals from Afghan prisons, who are now threatening reporters who covered their arrests and detention,” Bellanger said in the report released by IFJ.
7,000 media workers have been affected by the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul so far, According to the IFJ report.
IFJ added that more than 150 media workers had sent an open letter to the United Nations calling for “concrete action to save Afghanistan’s journalists.”
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