Since the Taliban took over, 40% of Afghan media outlets have closed: Reports

According to a survey conducted by two non-profits, 231 media outlets (40%) in Afghanistan have shuttered since the nation was taken over by the Taliban on August 15, resulting in the loss of many journalists' employment.

According to media sources, a poll conducted by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) found that 80 percent of female journalists and media workers had lost their jobs as a result of the Taliban-led government's restrictions.

"Since August 15, 231 media outlets have had to shut, and almost 6.400 journalists have lost their employment. Four out of every five female journalists have lost their jobs as a result of the crisis "According to the poll.
Only 312 of the 543 media outlets that had been operational since the beginning of the year remained operational at the end of November, according to the RSF and AIJA.

"More than four out of every ten media outlets have closed, and 60% of journalists and media workers have lost their jobs." "Women have suffered far more than males, with 84 percent of them losing their employment," according to the study findings.

Before the fall of Kabul, there were at least ten private media organisations functioning in most of Afghanistan's regions, according to non-profits.

"In the mountainous northern province of Parwan, there used to be ten media outlets, but today just three are operational." Only 18 of the 51 media outlets in the western city of Herat (the country's third biggest) and the surrounding province are still operational, a 65 percent drop.

"The bloodshed has not spared the central Kabul sector, which has more media than anyplace else. More than one out of every two media outlets has been lost (51 per cent). Only 72 of the 148 tabulated previous to August 15 are still operational "The survey reported the ame.

According to RSF and AIJA, new limits put on media outlets, particularly female reporters, as well as economic and financial issues, are the two primary causes for media operations closing and female reporters losing their jobs.

"The dangerous 'Journalism Rules,' which force journalists to tell information and culture ministry officials what they want to cover, get their permission to go ahead, and finally inform them about the results of their reporting in order to be able to publish, open the door to censorship and persecution and deprive journalists of their independence."

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