The proposed amendments were recalled by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani after an outcry from media outlets. Some of the amendments would have required journalists to disclose their sources and allow government censorship of news reports.
An open letter with more than 200 signatories is asking Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to address the safety and security of media personnel and to follow up cases of violence against journalists.
The proposed amendment expands the list of items prohibited from publication, in addition to removing a provision that allows journalists to avoid disclosing information about their sources.
The Afghanistan Journalists Center has documented 116 cases of violence, threats, insults and harassment against journalists and media workers over the past 12 months.
The Taliban said journalists will be targeted unless news outlets stop broadcasting what they describe as government propaganda against the insurgents.
The Afghanistan Journalists Center recorded a total of 92 cases of violence against journalists in the past year.
A suicide bombing killed 9 Afghan journalists and injured 8 others in the capital Kabul on 30 April 2018.
Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was recently recovered from a kidnapping. Rather than releasing her to her family, the Pakistani government is arbitrarily holding her in custody.