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Taliban’s Media Suppression: Afghan Women’s Movement Calls for Action

Taliban’s Media Suppression: Afghan Women’s Movement Calls for Action

The Women’s Movement for Peace and Freedom marked World Press Freedom Day by pointing to the suppression and censorship of media. In a statement, they said the Taliban have suppressed media and freedom of expression in addition to oppressing women, men, ethnic and religious minorities, and enforcing gender apartheid.

According to the movement’s statement, women have been eliminated from the media workforce, and the Taliban leadership issues threats and restrictions to media outlets and journalists daily.

The movement stressed that most active media inside Afghanistan have become “propaganda tools of the Taliban.

“The Women’s Movement for Peace and Freedom calls on the United Nations and the international community to seriously investigate the “deplorable” state of press and free expression in Afghanistan and take firm, practical action against the “suppressors of media and free speech.

“This day is commemorated in Afghanistan at a time when around 200 media outlets ceased operations after the Taliban takeover, and dozens of journalists have been beaten, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned.