UN’s Bennett raises concerns over arbitrary arrests of Afghan journalists

UNITED NATIONS — The UN special rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, has expressed concerns over an increasingly restrictive media environment and the arbitrary detention of journalists in Afghanistan.

In a statement marking World Press Freedom Day, Bennett called on the international community to support Afghan journalists.

“Journalism in Afghanistan is essential,” Bennett stated on the social media platform X.

The Taliban, over the past two years, have imposed severe restrictions and detained dozens of journalists on charges related to their professional activities. According to a recent index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Afghanistan is ranked 178th out of 180 countries for journalism freedom.