Canada and the Netherlands, as co-chairs of the Media Freedom
Coalition (MFC), give notice that, effective today, Afghanistan has been
removed as a member of the MFC. This decision was taken in consultation with
the MFC membership and as per the Coalition’s Terms of Reference.
Afghanistan became a member country
of the MFC in January 2020, when the government of
President Ashraf Ghani committed to the Global Pledge on Media Freedom.
All MFC member countries committed
to respect and uphold the
and are held accountable by
members if they fail to do so.
is clear to the MFC that the situation of media freedom in Afghanistan is,
unfortunately, no longer in line with the Global Pledge. Indeed, the
current state of affairs
is one of grave concern.
Since seizing power, the Taliban have imposed serious restrictions
on media freedom that have threatened the safety and well-being of journalists
and media workers. The continued harassment, attacks, and detention of
journalists and exclusion of women from the media have led to a rapid loss of
media independence and put journalists’ lives at risk daily.
The Media Freedom Coalition will continue to closely monitor the
media freedom situation in Afghanistan and reaffirms the commitment of members
to the principles outlined in the Global Pledge on Media Freedom.