Journalist at risk in Afghanistan after 100+ days of Taliban rule

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The Taliban has repeatedly failed to uphold its stated commitment to press freedom in Afghanistan since taking power more than 100 days ago, as violent attacks against journalists continue unabated. Last month in Kabul, two unidentified men beat and attempted to shoot journalist Ahmad Baseer Ahmadi, breaking his jaw and teeth. Ahmadi is one of several journalists who have been the targets of beatings and harassment in Afghanistan over the past months, as CPJ has documented.

To learn more about CPJ’s efforts to support Afghan journalists, watch a video from CPJ’s International Press Freedom Awards last month on the evacuation of dozens of threatened journalists and their families.

Global press freedom updates

  • Clarín media group offices firebombed in Argentina
  • Freelance journalist Andrey Kuznechyk detained in Belarus
  • Lebanese journalist Radwan Mortada sentenced to 13 months in prison
  • At least five journalists injured amid clashes over local elections in Tripura, India


This week, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker released a new report showing that more than 50 journalists in the U.S. were detained or arrested in 2021. While the numbers are lower than last year’s record, the 56 detained this year nearly equals the total number of arrests in 2017, 2018, and 2019 combined, a deeply concerning sign for press freedom.

Nearly 86 percent of those arrests occurred during protests, which the Tracker and CPJ have found to be especially challenging events for journalists in the U.S. to cover safely. Journalists looking for guidance on safely covering protests and civil disorder can find resources on our website.

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