One year after the Taliban takeover
Published August 11, 2022
The Taliban’s August 2021 takeback of power in Afghanistan has had a devastating effect on the vibrant media landscape that developed after the U.S.-led invasion 20 years earlier. Between censorship, arrests, assaults, restrictions on women journalists, the flight of experienced reporters, and the country’s declining economy, Afghan media are struggling to survive. Yet in spite of these challenges, CPJ’s interviews with numerous Afghan journalists and media experts show glimmers of hope amid the difficulties. Afghan journalists are finding ways to keep covering the news–either from inside the country or from their places of exile.
Read CPJ’s recommendations for protecting journalists and press freedom in Afghanistan here.
* Watch CPJ’s ‘One year later’ video
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