TOLONews presenters work with their faces covered in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 22, 2022. Reuters/Ali Khara

CPJ to publish ‘Afghanistan’s Media Crisis,’ an assessment of the state of press freedom one year after the return of the Taliban

New York, August 4, 2022- Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will publish a comprehensive assessment of the state of press freedom in Afghanistan.

CPJ’s report, a series of richly reported features, highlights the experiences and knowledge of nearly two dozen Afghan journalists and experts, offering a nuanced picture of a once-vibrant media landscape now plagued by brutally repressive policies that have left Afghan journalists out of work, in exile — or cautiously finding ways to continue reporting. The report includes policy recommendations and accompanying videos.

“Afghanistan’s Media Crisis” reports on different aspects of press freedom and the day-to-day reality of journalism in and about Afghanistan. These include exploring the challenges faced by women journalists in particular, the experience of journalists in exile, an in-depth look at the struggles of one prominent Afghan outlet, and an opinion column. This fresh analysis of both crises and opportunities for journalism in Afghanistan will be an indispensable resource for government, civil society, and journalists seeking to understand and make a positive contribution to press freedom in Afghanistan.

What: Release of CPJ’s assessment on press freedom, “Afghanistan’s Media Crisis”

When: August 11, 2022, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 PM AFT

Where: The documents will be published on and embargoed copies are available upon request.

The report will be translated into Dari, Pashto and Arabic.


CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.

Note to Editors:

To inquire about receiving an embargoed copy of “Afghanistan’s Media Crisis” or to arrange an interview with a CPJ expert, email [email protected].