Freedom of Expression Under Threat in Afghanistan?

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Mujeeb Khalvatgar
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Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Managing Director of Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, a Kabul based NGO supported by Internews, wrote this article on freedom of expression in Afghanistan for Stability: International Journal of Security & Development.

Although media outlets have proliferated in the private sector in Afghanistan, the Afghan press is hobbled by insufficient security, lack of access for their investigations, serious revenue and funding shortfalls, stalled legislation for freedom of the press, change-wary socio-cultural norms that tend to undercut the wide dissemination of news and skirt in the presentation of scientific/technological and foreign information. To do their jobs, the nation's journalists need to overcome these and other barriers.

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