Afghanistan: Ministry of Information and Culture urged to respect media freedom in the use of official languages
The Afghanistan Journalists Center said that the media should be free to use the national and official languages or the native languages of the country.
The annual report documents at least 168 instances of violations of journalists’ rights in 2023.
According to some sources, Sultan Ali Jawadi was found guilty of “propaganda against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” and “espionage for foreign countries.”
The Afghanistan Journalists Center documented a total of 75 incidents violating media freedom from March to November this year.
He was arrested and accused of espionage on 7 January while seeking to obtain his work credentials from the Taliban.
The Taliban’s 13 directives: Implications for media freedom and access to information in Afghanistan
Since August 2021, the Taliban has issued at least 13 directives, which contradicted former media laws.
“The way the world, and especially the EU responded to help refugees from Ukraine set a good example. Resettlement programs should be quick and efficient, and include legal and safe pathways out of Afghanistan”.
Marking the second anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, IFEX spoke to the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) about press freedom and the safety of journalists in the country, and steps the organisation is taking to safeguard access to information.
The new detentions bring the total number of journalists held this week to five. Currently, at least nine journalists are in custody in the country.
Afghanistan: Poet Haseeb Ahrari is latest victim of the Taliban’s unrelenting crackdown on civil society
Detained Afghan poet Haseeb Ahrari is known for his poems on themes of freedom and patriotism.
IFEX signed a letter calling on the UN Secretary General and High Commissioner for Human Rights to put human rights at the center of the independent assessment requested by the UN Security Council about the situation in Afghanistan.
The Seday-e-Banowan [Women’s Voice] radio station has resumed operations after being suspended for a week. The Afghanistan Journalists Center said that the suspension sets a dangerous precedent.
The Afghanistan Journalists Center said that the plan violates the essential spirit of journalism, as well as the independence of journalists.