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Tolerance” institution’s report on the Taliban’s severe restrictions on freedom of expression

Tolerance” institution’s report on the Taliban’s severe restrictions on freedom of expression

The new report of the legal organization “Tolerance” shows that since the re-emergence of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, freedom of expression and access to information have been systematically and purposefully restricted.

The recently published report of this legal body provides an analysis of the state of freedom of expression and access to information in Afghanistan from August 2021 to March 2024.Based on interviews with 264 people, including 61 women, in 28 provinces, as well as reports published by various organizations and authorities, the “Tolerance” organization concluded that the Taliban abolished all laws that guaranteed access to information and the right to freedom of expression. and suspendedThis report states that without any effective legal mechanism to protect media and journalists against Taliban pressure, media freedom is in danger.

“Tolerance” added that since the return of the Taliban, access to information has become increasingly difficult for citizens, and the Taliban use pressure, fear and threats to prevent the publication of information related to human rights violations. Also, Taliban restrictions have led to the arrest and imprisonment of journalists and witnesses of human rights violations.

The Taliban unilaterally share their decrees and announcements with the public and the media through social networks such as WhatsApp, while the media is forced to publish only what is shared by the Taliban.

The organization “Tolerance” has asked the international community to put pressure on the Taliban authorities through legal means to end the violation of freedom of expression and the right to access information, and to emphasize to legal organizations and the media to effectively protect Afghan journalists, especially female journalists. put