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Afghanistan’s Media Under Siege: Taliban’s Chokehold on Information

Afghanistan’s Media Under Siege: Taliban’s Chokehold on Information

Amidst the continuing reactions to World Press Freedom Day, the Freedom Front of Afghanistan has raised concerns over the intolerable restrictions imposed by the Taliban on the nation’s media outlets. In a released newsletter, the Front highlighted the Taliban’s disregard for the public’s right to access information, a fundamental human right.

The statement read, “Over the past two and a half years, the Taliban’s Emirate has transformed domestic media into propaganda mouthpieces for terrorism and extremism.” The Front warned that this approach has paved the way for the spread of radicalization and facilitated the recruitment of youth into terrorist groups.

Echoing these concerns, an organization known as the Center for Freedom and Development has warned that Afghan media is facing imminent destruction following the Taliban’s return to power. According to the Center, the lack of access to information and the Taliban’s lack of accountability have made the task of information dissemination in Afghanistan increasingly arduous.