Afghanistan’s constitution and legislation provide the media and freedom of information with relatively good legal protection. But, despite having won these rights, the media and journalists are particularly exposed to the chronic instability and unrest that affects all of Afghan society. By sowing terror, the Taliban and Islamic State have created information “black holes” in several regions since 2015. Afghanistan struggles to protect its journalists in this increasingly violent civil war.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



122 in 2015

Global score


37.44 in 2015

  • 1
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 1
    media assistants killed in 2017
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