Afghan Media Freedoms Erode

President Hamid Karzai’s government is taking a series of steps to chip away at the country’s media freedoms, one of Afghanistan’s few success stories since the Taliban regime’s downfall nine years ago.In the past week, the government ordered the shutdown of, a popular Pashtu-language news website, following requests by the first vice president, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim. It is also moving to outlaw another widely followed muckraking journalism site, steps come weeks after Afghanistan’s government closed down one of Kabul’s most popular TV stations, Emroz TV, following a request by the Iranian Embassy, and enacted wide-ranging Internet censorship that filters out thousands of sites deemed immoral or extremist.

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