Receive email alerts March 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report of fact-finding mission : Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reports Reporters Without Borders is also posting the text of its exclusive January interview with Perwiz Kambakhsh :Perwiz Kambakhsh, RSFenvoyé par rsf_internet June 2, 2021 Find out more Respect for press freedom has fallen sharply in recent weeks in Afghanistan. The murder of Jawed Ahmad, a stringer for various Canadian news media, in Kandahar, the newspaper Payman’s closure as a result of pressure from conservatives and the government, and the supreme court’s confirmation of Perwiz Kambakhsh’s 20-year jail sentence are all evidence that press freedom is in serious crisis. Media diversity is a reality that can be attributed to the policies of President Karzai and the international community, but at the same time there has been a constant increase in violence against the press and there is little evidence of a government commitment to combating it. The Taliban are to blame for much of this violence, but the security forces, local authorities and international military forces are all also guilty of seriously obstructing the work of journalists. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Reporters Without Borders recommends measures that would help to improve the situation of journalists working in Afghanistan. The report covers the crucial issues of journalists’ safety, the fate of women journalists, the media law that has not been implemented, the news “black holes” in the regions where the Taliban have the upper hand and finally manipulation of information about the war’s civilian casualties and the disputes that arise from this. As the international community debates the strategy to adopt in Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders urges the Afghan authorities and all the parties to the conflict to make respect for press freedom a priority. Reporters Without Borders today released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled “We have free speech, but we’re not safe and we don’t act responsibly,” it evaluates the gains for press freedom from Hamid Karzai’s seven years as president. Reporters Without Borders today released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled “We have free speech, but we’re not safe and we don’t act responsibly,” it evaluates the gains for press freedom from Hamid Karzai’s seven years as president. Related documents Afghanistan’s ReportPDF – 900.88 KB March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders fears that the pressure on the media could increase in the run-up to the presidential election that is to take place in August. May 3, 2021 Find out more Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News Organisation RSF_en News How can the government and international community hope to combat the corruption and drug trafficking that are poisoning the entire state if there is no free press capable of exposing all the faults and failings of misgovernance? How can you combat Taliban propaganda if the government is unable to defend free speech? News Follow the news on Afghanistan to go further In the course of its fact-finding visit to Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders met the justice minister, the culture and information minister, the head of the president’s press office, a member of the Council of Ulemas, civil society representatives, foreign correspondents, members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and diplomats, as well as many local journalists and representatives of media and journalists’ organisations from Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat.
Reporters Without Borders voiced “immense satisfaction” today at the news that Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong is to be awarded the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and it seized the occasion to reiterate its call for the release of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, two of Cheng’s colleagues who are still in prison.”This award is an important mark of recognition for the investigative journalism of which Cheng Yizhong is emblematic and it will encourage all journalists in a country where press freedom is constantly flouted,” the organization said.Reporters Without Borders added: “We hope it will also facilitate the release of the two journalists from the Nanfang Dushi Bao daily newspaper, which Cheng used to edit.”Cheng showed courage and professionalism by publishing sensitive articles in the liberal daily he edited. A series of investigative reports about the SARS epidemic and the case of a young graphic artist, Sun Zhigang, who was beaten to death in a Guangzhou police station, led to his arrest on 20 March 2004. He was freed after five months in custody but his two colleagues, Yu and Li, who were arrested at the same time, are still being held. Reporters Without Borders voiced “immense satisfaction” today at the news that Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong is to be awarded the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and it seized the occasion to reiterate its call for the release of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, two of Cheng’s colleagues from the Nanfang Dushi Bao daily newspaper who are still in prison. “This award will encourage all journalists in a country where press freedom is constantly flouted,” the organization said. Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Satisfaction at choice of Cheng Yizhong for UNESCO press freedom award News to go further