The Taliban continues cracking down on free speech in Afghanistan. New restrictions are worded so broadly many journalists fear being imprisoned for simple reporting. News organizations must show their reports to the Taliban before publishing. The radical group has arrested over 30 journalists already.
Some journalists have even suffered beatings. Others have gone into hiding. Many media outlets have begun only interviewing Taliban officials, and have avoided writing about government corruption or mistreatment of civilians.
It’s a challenging time to get media of any kind into the country. But Denise Godwin says International Media Ministries continues reaching Afghans with the hope of Jesus, especially through its Women of the Bible series. “Satellite is one of the ways that can’t be blocked in these regions of the world. Now it can be illegal to own a satellite dish. There’s a lot of rooftop gardens all over the Middle East, that are hiding satellite dishes. The numbers are pretty incredible.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Praise God for the work being done to get media into Afghanistan and share the Gospel.