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Sonia Niazi, a female anchor on Afghanistan's privately-run TOLO news channel.

Yaghobzadeh Alfred/ABACA via Reuters Connect

Meet the suppressed press of Taliban-run Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s media landscape has been transformed in year one of the Taliban’s return to power.

The country’s once-vibrant media scene was a crucial pillar of civil society during the two decades of US occupation, part of Washington’s nation-building efforts. But after the American withdrawal, and under the regulations and coercion of the Taliban, Afghan journalism is struggling — as is the health of transparency and accountability in the nation.

Still, the state of the Afghan free media may be down, but not out.

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