Journalism in Afghanistan under Taliban rule

For Swarthmore College’s War News Radio on the Taliban government’s crackdown on free press.

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As life in Afghanistan fundamentally alters during and after the Taliban takeover, so too does its media and journalism landscape. Part of War News Radio’s 2021-22 Afghanistan focus, this episode — through the voices of Afghan journalists and professors Mohammad Asef Ghafoory and Faisal Karimi — explores the Taliban’s crackdown on local journalism with a particular exception.

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash

Written and produced by Sophia Becker, Sasha Casada, Nicole Kim, Lucas Meyer-Lee, Anya Slepyan, Long Tran-Bui, and Max Winig.

Special thanks to Professor Mohammad Asef Ghafoory and Professor Faisal Karimi.

For other episodes in this year’s Afghanistan focus and more, please visit

Originally published at on June 1, 2022.



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