8am: The mainstream media in Afghanistan which had just started to get on its feet was shaken by the disruptions of 2021 – the takeover of the war-ravaged country by the Taliban. A survey conducted by Reporters Without Borders and the Afghan Independent Journalist Association in December 2021 reported the closure of more than 200 media outlets; rendering about 6,400 journalists jobless after the regime change, reported Afghan Diaspora Network. According to some Afghan journalists, the efforts are part of a well-coordinated strategy focused on exploiting the media vacuum in the country to implant favorable coverage of Pakistan, ANI reported. Though common Afghan journalists working on the ground are not aware of the full plan, they suspect it to be backed by Pakistani agencies. Click here to read more (external link).