Afghanistan media assistance
On 30th September 2021 GFMD hosted an Afghanistan assistance coordination meeting in Tirana, Albania Three journalists from Afghanistan presented the current situation and spoke what assistance is nee
On October 2nd the Global Forum for Media Development issued a statement calling for the international community to take urgent steps to support journalism in Afghanistan - GFMD Calls for Urgent Support for Afghanistan Journalists.
The statement followed an event on the evening of 30th September where three journalists from Afghanistan shared their experience of seeking exile in Albania and the persecution and hardship that Afghan journalists are facing.
One of the journalists told the meeting:
“We are concerned about the destruction of the Afghan media community's achievements over the past two decades. In the last month, more than 150 media outlets have closed. The Taliban detained, beaten and tortured dozens of journalists.More than 100 journalists were forced to leave Afghanistan.Among these journalists are the best, most experienced, and well-known Afghan journalists.Some of those who remained in the country lost their jobs, and others are being forced to follow the Taliban's illegal orders and continue their journalistic work with fear and trembling.The pressure and threat on the Afghan media community are too high and so, self-censorship among journalists in Afghanistan has reached its peak.Afghanistan had the most unique and democratic and free media system in the region but currently, there is no longer free and independent journalism in Afghanistan.”
The Afghan journalists outlined the actions that are required to save Afghan journalism, protect lives, and provide the means for the continuation of the necessary provision of credible information to the people of Afghanistan.
The priorities articulated by the Afghan journalists who spoke at the meeting were for governments, donors, and multilateral organisations to: