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Afghan Journalists ‘Very Afraid’ Amid Rising Violence

The U.N. chief also appealed to the international community to suspend restrictions that are hurting Afghanistan’s economy.
Afghan Journalists ‘Very Afraid’ Amid Rising Violence
FILE – Afghan journalists film at the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2021.

Voice of America

Violence, arrests and unclear media laws are adding to a difficult environment for Afghan journalists.

Several journalists have been attacked or detained, and some who were beaten say the Taliban have done nothing to hold those responsible accountable. Media experts say a lack of laws and state institutions is exacerbating the problem.

Since the start of the year, at least four journalists have been detained, including three who were arrested on January 6 after covering protests against the Taliban in Panjshir province, where a Taliban fighter killed a civilian.

The journalists work for a YouTube-based media outlet called Kabul Lovers, which has 244,000 subscribers.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid accused the journalists of manufacturing stories.

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