40% of Afghan media closed since Taliban takeover

Since the Taliban took power, 40% of Afghan media have closed, while 80% of female reporters have lost their jobs. The data was released on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA), Tolo News reported.

“A total of 231 outlets have had to close and more than 6,400 journalists have lost their jobs since August 15. Women journalists have been the hardest hit, with four out of five no longer working,” the survey said. According to RSF and AIJA, of the 543 outlets operating at the start of summer 2021, only 312 were still operating at the end of November, Tolo News reported.

“More than four out of ten media have disappeared and 60% of journalists and media workers can no longer work. Women suffered much more than men, 84% of them lost their jobs,” the survey report said. bed. According to these two organizations supporting the media, before the fall of the republic, in most provinces of Afghanistan, at least ten private media were functioning, but now, in some areas, there is no media at all.

“There used to be 10 media outlets in the mountainous northern province of Parwan, but now only three are functioning. In the western city of Herat (the third largest in the country) and the surrounding province, only 18 of the 51 media outlets are still functioning – one 65% drop The central region of Kabul, which had more media outlets than elsewhere, was not spared the carnage, losing more than one in two outlets (51%). August 15, only 72 are still in operation,” survey results showed. RSF and AIJA said new restrictions on the media, especially women journalists, and economic and financial challenges are the two main reasons for media closures and unemployment of female journalists, Tolo News reported.

“Dangerous ‘rules of journalism’ open the way to censorship and persecution, and rob journalists of their independence, forcing them to tell Ministry of Information and Culture officials what they would like to cover, to obtain their authorization to go ahead and finally to inform them of the results of their reports in order to be able to publish them”, indicates the investigation.

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