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Award-wining Afghan paper seeks finance to survive

Afghan paper seeks finance to survive

An award-wining paper in Afghanistan staged an online fundraising campaign on Monday to survive financially.
The campaign - which was being managed by an Afghanistan-based non-profit organization, Free Women Writers, also known as Dokhtarane-Rabia - has so far collected close to 4,000 out of the target of 100,000 dollars.
The publisher of the paper on Monday tweeted that the paper needed the support and added that any donation would enable the paper to tell the stories of Afghan people to the world.
“Let’s not let the darkness become the winner,” wrote Zaki Daryabi, publisher of the Etillaat-e Ruz newspaper.
Earlier, the paper announced it has stopped its print publications due to financial problems.
Etilaat-e Ruz received the anti-corruption award from Transparency International last year for its in-depth investigative reports on corruption in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, an official from the Kabul-based media advocacy organization NAI told dpa that since the Taliban’s takeover of the country in mid-August, at least 153 media were closed either due to financial problems or Taliban threats.
According to Nasir Ahmad Noori from NAI, free media in Afghanistan are severely struggling financially, which would lead more to shut their doors.
On September 19, Taliban officials have shared 11 rules with the Afghan media, banning them from “insulting national figures,” “contents contrary to Islam” and “violating privacy.”
According to the international media advocacy organization Reporters without Borders, such red lines would open the doors to censorship and repression.