Masood Farivar VOA News October 1, 2021 WASHINGTON — Several Afghan news outlets received letters from the Taliban this week, with instructions including on how the group wants to be identified in news coverage. The letter – obtained by VOA – says that news organizations should refer to the Taliban by their official name and prohibits
Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 18, 2021 Prominent female news presenter Shabnam Dawran is one of Afghanistan’s most recognizable faces. But after the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital on August 15, she was promptly fired along with all her female colleagues. A Taliban militant flanked by a white Taliban flag took her
Ariana: On Monday, the New York Times reported that after Ahmad Jawad Hijri, the spokesman for the governor of Takhar Province, told the media that children were wounded in an Afghan airstrike in the province in October, government jailed him for three days and then fired him. …Ghani administration has muzzled provincial spokesmen and district
Ariana: Vice President Amrullah Saleh has ordered the arrest of the individual who reported civilian casualties from an Afghan government airstrike on October 22, 2020, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The Afghan air forces targeted a Taliban gathering at a mosque in Hazara Qarluq village in Takhar on Wednesday morning in which at least 12
Ariana: The Afghan media on Wednesday voiced concern over the upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha after Qatar visas for local journalists were not approved. Members of the public also objected to the move saying talks should not be held behind closed doors and that the people of Afghanistan have the right to be kept
Tolo News: Afghanistan Green Trend (AGT), a social and youth empowerment organization, which is led by Amrullah Saleh, the former Directorate General of National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the first running mate to President Ashraf Ghani, on Tuesday said that it has referred at least 40 social media users to the Attorney General for
1TV: Afghan Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi has ordered the ministry’s personnel not to give interviews to press or remark on social media. If needed, necessary procedures should be made following instruction by the ministry’s leadership and in coordination with the general directorate of strategic communications, according to the order. Click here to read more
1TV: Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Minister [Telecommunications and IT] Shahzad Gul Aryoubi said that Facebook is being misused in Afghanistan, as he cited harassment, insulting and publishing private photos and videos of others. He said that creating accounts should be based on documents and that all fake accounts should be blocked. Click here to
Human Rights Watch: The role Afghanistan’s vibrant media plays in public life represents one of the most significant changes that have taken place in the country since 2001. But that achievement is under threat, as journalists face growing intimidation and violence from both state and non-state actors. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Several media institutions in Afghanistan on Sunday raised concerns over what they described as government’s deliberate attempts to impose restrictions on live coverage of terrorism-related violence in the country. They said government was trying to censor the media. Click here to read more (external link).