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Afghan Journalists: Reporting Hindered by Lack of Govt Sources

Several journalists on Tuesday complained that they face many restrictions while reporting, and media workers said that their questions sent to official sources remain unanswered most of the time.

Journalists said that government offices, such as ministries, lack media workers. Besides members of the cultural commission, there are few if any media workers attached to government offices to answer queries. 

Mani Meshkin Qalam, a freelance journalist who has been in the journalism field for ten years, said that he experienced the most difficult time since the former government collapsed on August 15th.

Mani Meshkin Qalam said: “There is no coordination between them ... We go to the city to report, we fear being beaten. These challenges exist.”

Even though the Taliban announced a cabinet, there is no one providing information to the media except members of the cultural commission.

Jawad Popalzai said: “Journalists face many challenges. The Taliban has few spokespeople. The cabinet was introduced many days ago. There is no spokesperson for the ministries, it means there are no sources.”

Meanwhile, the Taliban admitted that problems existed in the area of reporting and providing information and said they are working on a framework in which the media can continue working and receiving information.

Shahab Liwal said: “Every ministry should have a source from whom media can receive information, so we are working on the issue.”

Afghan Journalists: Reporting Hindered by Lack of Govt Sources

Even though the Taliban announced a cabinet, there is no one providing information to the media except members of the cultural commission.

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Several journalists on Tuesday complained that they face many restrictions while reporting, and media workers said that their questions sent to official sources remain unanswered most of the time.

Journalists said that government offices, such as ministries, lack media workers. Besides members of the cultural commission, there are few if any media workers attached to government offices to answer queries. 

Mani Meshkin Qalam, a freelance journalist who has been in the journalism field for ten years, said that he experienced the most difficult time since the former government collapsed on August 15th.

Mani Meshkin Qalam said: “There is no coordination between them ... We go to the city to report, we fear being beaten. These challenges exist.”

Even though the Taliban announced a cabinet, there is no one providing information to the media except members of the cultural commission.

Jawad Popalzai said: “Journalists face many challenges. The Taliban has few spokespeople. The cabinet was introduced many days ago. There is no spokesperson for the ministries, it means there are no sources.”

Meanwhile, the Taliban admitted that problems existed in the area of reporting and providing information and said they are working on a framework in which the media can continue working and receiving information.

Shahab Liwal said: “Every ministry should have a source from whom media can receive information, so we are working on the issue.”

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