The media’s activities will be affected by curbs and pressures after the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, Afghan media watchdog Nai said Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, head of Nai, Wahidullah Tawhidi, said that Afghan journalists faced threats, financial problems and a lack of access to necessary information in 2012. These problems will become more acute in 2014, he said.
“As everybody is concerned about the situation after 2014, I don’t believe that the regime will change or that the situation will worsen [significantly]. But the [powerful] individuals and entities implicated by the media for wrongdoing will try to limit the activities of media outlets,” Tawhidi said.
Freedom of expression and a flourishing media are considered to be among Afghanistan’s major achievements in the past decade.
But Afghanistan still remains a hostile environment for journalists. According to Nai statistics, more than 60 threats and incidents of violence aimed at journalists were recorded in 2012. Several were killed or beaten.