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The Pen Vs. The AK-47: The Future of Afghan Media Under the Taliban | Shorenstein Center
Media in Afghanistan flourished over the past twenty years, with independent, politically-affiliated, and internationally-supported media networks providing local, national, and international news as well as entertainment. Since the Taliban re-took control of the country in August, 2021, thousands of journalists have fled the country, and many news and media organizations have shut their doors.
Spring 2021 Shorenstein Fellow Sami Mahdi is an Afghan journalist who has worked across the media landscape in Afghanistan for the past decades. His new research, published this month, charts the rise and expansion of media in Afghanistan, and it’s likely future under the Taliban, and makes recommendations about what the international community can do to support free media in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.