News media flourished in Afghanistan after the 2001 fall of armed group the Taliban, which had banned television [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]

Afghan media companies have rejected proposed changes to a media law that they say would be a setback for independent journalism in the country.

The amendments to the legislation were sent to parliament for ratification on Wednesday, but recalled by the government for further review after an outcry from the media outlets.

Among the proposals is a measure that would require journalists to reveal their sources to government bodies including the security services.

“We were surprised to learn the government has almost discreetly amended the media law with some quite shocking amendments,” Lotfullah Najafizada, director of TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s largest private television station, told

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