AFJC Denounces Taliban’s Plan to Register Journalists, Calling for Its Cancellation

The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) has reacted to the Taliban’s plan to register journalists in the country, stating that it is a precursor to pressuring journalists and must be canceled.

In a statement released on Monday, the AFJC said that the plan falls outside the jurisdiction of the Taliban’s Ministry of Information and Culture and contradicts the spirit and independence of journalistic work.

The organization has called for the Taliban to cancel the plan.

It is worth noting that the Taliban’s Ministry of Information and Culture recently decided to register the information of journalists in Afghanistan in their database and distribute identification cards to them.

The decision was made during a meeting of the Taliban’s administrative leadership on Sunday.

Khairullah Khairkhah, the head of the ministry, stated that no government institution other than the Ministry of Information and Culture has the right to directly intervene in media affairs.

This decision has raised concerns about the safety of journalists.