UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan

UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan
UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan/Pexels
UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan
UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan/Pexels

UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan

UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan

UN Special Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Media Restrictions in Afghanistan

Key Highlights:

  1. Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, expresses concern over increasing media restrictions in the country.
  2. On World Press Freedom Day, Bennett urges global support for Afghan journalists, citing the critical role of media in the nation.
  3. American Charge d’Affaires to Afghanistan, Karen B. Decker, underscores the importance of hearing journalists’ voices and protecting press freedom.

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, has voiced apprehension regarding the mounting constraints on media in Afghanistan, as reported by TOLOnews. Bennett highlighted the significance of media in Afghanistan on World Press Freedom Day, calling for international solidarity in supporting Afghan journalists amidst the escalating restrictions.

Expressing his concerns, Bennett stressed the critical role of journalism in Afghanistan and condemned the growing media suppression and arbitrary arrests of journalists. He urged the international community to rally behind Afghan journalists during these challenging times.

Karen B. Decker, the American Charge d’Affaires to Afghanistan, echoed Bennett’s sentiments, emphasizing the importance of amplifying Afghan journalists’ voices. Decker underscored the need to protect press freedom worldwide, stating that Afghan journalists serve as vital conduits for Afghan messages and should be heard and supported.

Meanwhile, Afghan journalists echoed the sentiment, highlighting the pivotal role of media in driving governmental reforms, maintaining societal order, and combating irregularities. They called for increased dialogue between journalists and officials and emphasized the timely provision of information by authorities.

The concerning situation in Afghanistan has led to a significant decline in the country’s ranking in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, dropping 26 places and landing at 178th overall. The deteriorating media climate, marked by journalist fatalities and arrests, underscores the urgent need for safeguarding press freedom in the nation.

Source: Reuters

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