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UN Special Rapporteur Expresses Concern Over Afghan Media Restrictions on World Press Freedom Day

UN Special Rapporteur Expresses Concern Over Afghan Media Restrictions on World Press Freedom Day

In a concerning development, Richard Bennett, the United Nations Special Rapporteur about human rights in Afghanistan, has raised the alarm over the deteriorating media landscape in the war-torn country. Through a post on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, Bennett voiced his apprehensions about the escalating restrictions imposed on media outlets and the arbitrary arrests of journalists.

“Journalism in Afghanistan is essential,” he emphatically stated, underscoring the crucial role of a free press in the country’s turbulent climate. Bennett’s message came on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, a poignant reminder of the global struggle for media freedom and the protection of journalists.

Echoing Bennett’s concerns, the renowned media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has revealed a startling decline in Afghanistan’s press freedom ranking. Under the oppressive rule of the Taliban, the country has plummeted 26 places, solidifying its status as one of the most perilous environments for journalists and media professionals worldwide.

Amid this grim backdrop, disturbing reports have emerged from the embattled province of Ghazni.

Local sources have confirmed that Habibur Rahman Taher, a courageous journalist working for Radio Azadi, has endured severe physical and psychological torture at the hands of the Taliban for over a month, underscoring the grave risks faced by those daring to pursue the truth.