Almost 200 cases of crimes against journalists reported in Afghanistan, says UNAMA

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday revealed that more than 200 journalists had faced human rights violations since August 2021(Taliban takeover).

These crimes against Journalists in Afghanistan include arbitrary arrests, mistreatment, threats, and intimidation of journalists.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today, on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists tweeted that since August last year, the agency has reported 200 cases of Journalist rights violations.

UNAMA also stated that the media in Afghanistan is in danger.

It also demanded the protection of journalists and an end to the culture of impunity.
UNAMA tweeted, “Stop attacks against journalists.”

The United Nations also called the defence of journalism a defence of democracy and threats against journalists a threat against basic freedoms.

“Threats against journalists are threats against fundamental freedoms,” the UN tweeted.

Earlier organizations supporting journalists also expressed their concern over the increase in violence and arrests of journalists in Afghanistan.

The closure of a large number of news outlets in Afghanistan has resulted in a rise in crime against journalists.

In the last two decades, more than 200 radio stations, around 100 television channels, and dozens of print and online broadcasts were operating in Afghanistan.

According to reports, following the Taliban’s takeover, more than half of the country’s media outlets ceased operations due to economic difficulties and restrictions.

Moreover, a large number of journalists and media workers have also been forced to leave the country.


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