Willie O’Reilly: Taliban’s treatment of the media will be a litmus test

It is hard to imagine the regime tolerating the continued presence of liberal domestic TV and radio stations that sprang up during the US occupation – or that of keen-eyed foreign journalists

3rd September, 2021
Willie O’Reilly: Taliban’s treatment of the media will be a litmus test
‘One TV highlight was Afghan Star, a version of American Idol which featured song, dance and women, three breaches of Sharia Law’

And so the sorry history of Afghanistan turns to another chapter. The last US military aircraft carrying prioritised equipment and the remainder of its troops have departed the capital. The chaotic evacuation unfolded on TV, radio and in print last week, told mainly by western reporters sequestered in Kabul.

And what now? How to tell the story will be a challenge for all concerned. Media will want to be present as the new regime sets...

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