The Taliban has reneged on its promise since its occupation in Afghanistan.He continues to violate the human rights of citizens.Women and media personnel are being harassed the most in this.Not only this, many journalists have even been murdered.A group of 150 Afghan journalists has called on the United Nations and the international community to protect them from Taliban threats.
According to the report of Al Arabiya Post, journalists in Afghanistan are scared.The spirit of journalism that he had created in the country in the last two decades is slowly fading away.The influence of the Taliban is also being seen on media groups.Changes have been made to the content shown on private TV channels.Foreign dramas, including important news bulletins, political debates, entertainment and concerts, have been replaced by programs tailored to the Taliban government.
Things have changed dramatically in the country since the US announced the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.Dawa Khan Mainapal, director of Afghanistan's State Information Media Center in Kabul, was assassinated in the first week of August.Two days later, Paktia Ghag radio journalist Toofan Omar was assassinated by Taliban fighters.Soon after the capture of Kabul, Taliban fighters are searching for several journalists.Apart from this, many journalists have been tortured, while some have been killed.
There have been incidents of Taliban fighters snatching cameras and equipment from journalists and even looting them.Journalists covering protests by the Afghan people are being detained and falsely implicated under strict laws.Journalists Taqi Daryabi and Nematullah Cash were brutally beaten by Taliban fighters just for covering a protest event.He was taken to the police station, where he was brutally assaulted.
Recalling the incident, Dariabi says, 'The Taliban fighters used what they had in their hands to kill me.The marks on my face are those of the shoes which they hit on my face.After that I fainted, so they stopped me.'Fearing the Taliban, many journalists have gone into hiding, have closed their social media accounts and deleted reports criticizing the Taliban, the report said.
While male journalists are forced to flee the country, the Taliban have asked female journalists not to work and stay at home.According to the report, two female Chewi anchors were taken off-air on the public broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan soon after the Taliban declared independence.According to the UN-accredited non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders, 108 news outlets in Kabul had 4,940 employees working in 2020, and 1080 of them were women, but now, the number of female journalists has dropped below 100.
Many media outlets have been closed since the Taliban took over Kabul.At the same time, there are some media houses that have decided to continue with journalism despite the financial crisis, hostile environment and threats from the Taliban.Tolo TV and Pazwok news agency are some of the news outlets that are exploring options such as working from abroad to bring events in Afghanistan to all.