KABUL: The Human Rights Watch expressed concerns over the situation of the media in Afghanistan, saying that the Afghan media is facing “far-reaching censorship” and “violence,” and that the situation is even much worse in districts and provincial centers compared to the capital and urban areas.
The HRW said in a report on Monday that it has conducted interviews since November 2021 and has spoken with 24 journalists and other media workers in 17 provinces. According to the HRW’s findings, the journalists’ activities are restricted in the country, drastically limiting critical reporting. The report cited an increase in violence against journalists that has also forced them to self-censorship in the provinces. “Many journalists have felt compelled to self-censor and report only Taliban statements and official events. Women journalists have faced the most intense repression,” the report read