Taliban takeover raises fears about the future of Afghan media

A cameraman films a news anchor at Tolo News studio, in Kabul, Afghanistan September 7, 2018. Picture taken September 7, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 has raised fears about the safety of Afghan journalists and the future of the vibrant media landscape that developed in the country over the last 20 years. Afghan media workers and their families became targets as the Taliban raided their homes, forced female reporters off the air, and beat and arrested journalists.

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon has warned that an entire generation of reporters is at risk and, as part of its advocacy efforts, the organization has called on the U.S. and other G-7 governments to do more to support their safe passage out the country.

If you are an Afghan journalist needing help

CPJ is devoting the resources at its disposal to help Afghan journalists where possible. We are not equipped to evacuate people and only governments are able to issue visas, but are registering and vetting cases of Afghan journalists at risk of Taliban reprisals.

If you are an Afghan journalist seeking help, please send your information to Please note that we are receiving an extremely high volume of emails and are not able to respond as quickly as we would like to.

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Taliban fighters patrol Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Evacuees from Afghanistan find temporary shelter in the US Army Rhine Ordonanz barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Spotlight: Journalists killed in Afghanistan

Since 2001, 64 journalists have died in Afghanistan in killings related to their work. Danish Siddiqui of Reuters and Mina Khairi of Ariana News TV lost their lives in 2021 and militant groups targeted at least five other reporters for murder in 2020, according to CPJ data.

CPJ’s advocacy for Afghan journalists

How you can help

For more information about helping CPJ’s work in Afghanistan and other areas where press freedom is at risk, please visit our support page.

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