Is press freedom dead in Afghanistan? | TV shows

Wednesday September 29 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
A once flourishing media landscape in Afghanistan appears to be withering as press freedom is criticized by reports of brutal attacks on Afghan journalists.

One of the brazenest attacks occurred earlier this month when Mohammad Ali Almadi, journalist and editor-in-chief of broadcaster Salam Watandar, was driving through Kabul in a van taxi. Another passenger asked Almadi what he did for work and, when Almadi told the man he was a journalist, the man pulled out a gun and opened fire, hitting him twice on the inside. leg.

In another incident, two Afghan journalists were severely beaten while covering a women’s protest outside a police station in Kabul. The men were reportedly dragged to separate prison cells by Taliban fighters and flogged. Photos of the men showed large bruises and cuts to their backs.

The Taliban also announced a series of “rules of journalism” that all media organizations must follow, and the strict guidelines have left journalists fearful of censorship, persecution and worse.

In this episode of The Stream, we envision the future of Afghan journalism.

In this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Ali Latifi, @Ali bomaye
Al Jazeera Correspondent

Ziar Khan Yaad, @ziaryaad
Journalist

Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, @freedom of the press
Director of Advocacy and Communications, Committee to Protect Journalists

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