Kabul [Afghanistan], Sep 23 (ANI): Newspapers in Afghanistan have stopped printing and have gone online due to the financial crisis and lack of information under the Taliban.
The National Union of Afghan Journalists reported on Wednesday that due to the financial crisis, around 150 print media outlets across Afghanistan have stopped printing newspapers and magazines since the fall of the former government, Tolo reported. News.
Watchdog organizations recently said the Afghan media was underfunded and faced with a lack of information under the Taliban. Many Afghan media continue to publish information online, while some have closed their doors completely.
Ahmad Shoaib Fana, director general of the National Union of Journalists, said: “The written press has stopped in the country. If the situation continues like this, we will face a social crisis. Ali Haqmal, a reporter for 8 Sobh newspaper, reports that the outlet now publishes online. He said: “We have tried to do what people expect. We focus on online reporting and we always try to get the information out to people. Ashaq Ali Ehsas, deputy head of 8 Sobh newspaper, said: “Every day 15,000 newspapers were published and distributed in Kabul and some provinces. The process was interrupted due to printing and newspaper distribution problems after the fall of the government. Another famous newspaper that has gone out of business is the Arman Mili newspaper, Tolo News reported.
Sayed Shoaib Parsa, the founder of the newspaper, said: “We had 22 employees here. All of them lost their jobs. We are waiting for the situation to normalize before we can resume publication. Meanwhile, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed concern over the safety of journalists in Afghanistan and criticized the Taliban for suppressing media freedom in the country.
Since the Taliban regime solidified in the country, at least 153 media outlets have had to shut down due to growing threats against journalists, and female media workers have been banned from working altogether, according to the federation.
“The situation in Afghanistan is becoming more and more dramatic for all media professionals, with many journalists displaced by the Taliban offensive, in hiding and without work. The IFJ stands in solidarity with its Afghan colleagues and calls on the Taliban to respect media freedom and the rights of journalists, ”the IFJ said in a statement.
Contrary to promises made by the Taliban to respect human values, the group continues to violate the basic human rights of media personnel as they are harassed, tortured and killed in the country.
Journalists are afraid; feeling desperate as the spirit of journalism they built over the past two decades has ceased to exist now, Al Arabiya Post reported.
Earlier, a group of 150 Afghan journalists also urged the United Nations and the international community to protect them from threats by the Taliban. (ANI)