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Abdullah Danish

Afghan journalist Abdullah Danish detained, beaten following reports critical of Taliban

New York, June 20, 2024—The Taliban must investigate the arbitrary detention and beating of journalist Abdullah Danish and cease intimidating members of the press over their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On the evening of June 13, Taliban intelligence officers detained Danish, a freelance journalist, while he was traveling from the capital…

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Forced to flee: Exiled journalists face unsafe passage and transnational repression

By Lucy Westcott/CPJ Emergencies Director Threats, repression, conflict, and unrest: across the world, these and other factors are pushing journalists into exile in record numbers. In a striking development, exiled or soon-to-be exiled journalists now make up more than half of the people CPJ assists. Between January and June 2024, CPJ provided financial support to…

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Taliban orders shutdown of broadcaster Tamadon TV

New York, June 7, 2024 — The Taliban must reverse its order to shut down private broadcaster Tamadon TV and end its ongoing, unprecedented suppression of Afghan media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Thursday, the Taliban’s Ministry of Justice announced the closure of Tamadon TV, alleging that the broadcaster was affiliated with…

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A presenter is seen on London-based Afghanistan International TV.

The Taliban order journalists and citizens to boycott Afghanistan International TV and radio

New York, May 9, 2024—The Taliban must revoke their restrictions on the popular broadcaster Afghanistan International and end their crackdown on independent media in Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, the Taliban’s Media Complaints and Rights Violations Commission banned journalists, analysts, and experts from participating in discussions or cooperating with London-based…

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A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait for humanitarian aid in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 2023.

Taliban detain 3 Afghan radio journalists for playing music, talking to female callers

New York, April 25, 2023—Taliban authorities should immediately and unconditionally release radio reporters Ismail Saadat, Wahidullah Masum, and Ehsanullah Tasal and stop harassing the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Monday, the provincial directorate of the Taliban-controlled Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in eastern…

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Taliban shuts down broadcasters Noor and Barya, seals Noor offices

New York, April 18, 2024—The Taliban must cease their relentless suppression of independent media in Afghanistan and allow private broadcasters Noor TV and Barya TV to resume operations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Tuesday, the Media Complaints and Rights Violations Commission banned the two broadcasters for violating “national and Islamic values,” without…

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In an interview with TOLOnews on April 6, Najibullah Haqqani, the Taliban's acting Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, revealed plans to restrict or block access to Facebook in Afghanistan. (Screenshot: TOLOnews/YouTube)

CPJ calls on Taliban to drop plans to restrict Facebook access in Afghanistan

New York, April 8, 2024 – The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that the Taliban plans to restrict or block access to Facebook in Afghanistan and calls on authorities not to move ahead on a measure that would further impede the free flow of information in the country. On April 6, Najibullah Haqqani, the Taliban’s acting…

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Ahmad Hanayesh speaking at an event to launch his poetry book Maajoon e Rang in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, in December.

Exiled Afghan journalist Ahmad Hanayesh shot in Pakistan

New York, April 4, 2024—Pakistani authorities must promptly investigate Wednesday’s shooting of exiled Afghan journalist Ahmad Hanayesh by two gunmen on a motorcycle and bring the assailants to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Hanayesh, also known by his birth name Abdul Aleem Saqib, was returning home on the evening of April 3…

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Taliban detains Ehsan Akbari, Afghan journalist with Japan’s Kyodo News

New York, January 22, 2024—Taliban authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Afghan journalist Ehsan Akbari and stop harassing and detaining members of the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On January 17, the Taliban’s Government Media Information Center (GMIC) summoned Akbari, the assistant bureau chief of Japanese media outlet Kyodo…

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Afghan journalist Sultan Ali Jawadi sentenced to 1 year in prison 

New York, December 13, 2023—Taliban authorities must immediately release Afghan journalist Sultan Ali Jawadi, drop all charges against him, and stop imprisoning members of the press for their work in Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Sunday, December 10, a Taliban court in the city of Nili, in central Daikundi Province, sentenced…

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