Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Freedom of press under attack in Afghanistan

The Afghan government has proposed a law that would effectively put an end to what had been a short period of media freedom in Afghanistan, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Popular political talk show host Razaq Mamoon was fired from Tolo TV after making offensive comments towards Afghanistan’s Parliament: accusing them of being, the article says, “a den of war criminals and drug smugglers.” Mamoon knew, that he had caught the attention of government leaders. “I started receiving messages from them: ‘We don't know who you’re with or who you’re against. You attack everybody,” he said.

This crackdown on the press has occurred in spite of condemnation from local and international rights group who see media freedom as an important step in democracy-building in the aftermath of the fall of the Taliban.

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