IFJ condemns new media regulations in Afghanistan


Kabul [Afghanistan], Sept. 28 (ANI / Sputnik): The International Federation of Journalists on Tuesday denounced media restrictions announced by the Afghan national regulator under the Taliban, saying they would set a “serious precedent” and put independent journalism at risk. Earlier in September, the Afghan Government Information and Media Center (GMIC) unveiled 11 new regulations for the media industry. The Taliban say the new rules were based on the old Afghan media law passed before the groups were taken over.

“The IFJ condemns the coercive restrictions which it believes will set a serious precedent for media control and effectively dismantle any possibility of sustainable independent journalism in Afghanistan,” the statement said. These regulations that apply to all journalists and media across Afghanistan could be arbitrarily interpreted to censor broadcast content and restrict press freedom, the international watchdog continued.

“The 11 rules announced by the acting director of GMIC, Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi, (…) impose restrictions on independent media and on freedom of expression more broadly. insulting national figures or violating privacy, “the statement said. While the old media law provided for the obligation to adhere to international standards, such as human rights, the new regulations do not say none of these global standards, the IFJ noted, adding that they also lack “operational definitions of the terms they contain and provide ample room for individual interpretation by the country’s Taliban regime.”

The new restrictions come as the number of violations of journalists’ rights has risen since the Taliban took power in mid-August. “According to IFJ documentation, more than 153 media organizations have now gone out of business as the Taliban regime solidifies; with women journalists banned from work, increased telecommunications cuts, and increased threats and violence against media workers, ”the statement read.

The IFJ called the regulations a “blatant attack” on the industry and media personnel, as well as on its “vital task of informing the Afghan people”. (ANI / Sputnik)

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