‘Everything changed overnight’: Afghan reporters face an intolerant regime


Beloved shows removed from the airwaves. A television station cutting from a news report a story about a pregnant police officer who was reportedly fatally shot by the Taliban. A radio editor telling his colleagues to edit out anti-Taliban cheers from coverage of demonstrations in the capital.

Afghanistan's vibrant free press and media industry, once celebrated as a success story and labeled one of the country’s  most important achievements of the past two decades, has abruptly been transformed after the Taliban takeover of the country.

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