51 media outlets in Afghanistan closed due to ongoing violence
Update: 04 Aug 2021 18:15 STI
Kabul [Afghanistan], Aug 4 (ANI): A total of 51 media outlets have been shut down in the country due to the upsurge in violence in Afghanistan over the past three months, TOLO News reported.
Afghanistan’s Information Ministry said Tuesday that 16 of the media outlets, including four TV stations, were in Helmand and had ceased operations in recent weeks.
“So far, 35 media have gone out of business, more than 6 media have fallen into the hands of the Taliban and are used as spokespersons for their activities,” Acting Information and Culture Minister Qasim said. Wafaeezada.
The outlet, which has been on hiatus since April, includes five television networks and 44 radio stations, a media center and a news agency. These outlets operated in Helmand, Kandahar, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan, Faryab, Nuristan and Badghis.
Since April, more than 1,000 reporters and media professionals, including 150 women, have lost their jobs. Two journalists have lost their lives in the past two months, including Indian photojournalist Danish Siddique.
Amid the ongoing clashes, media support groups have expressed concern over the media’s downfall to the Taliban. Local media suggest that five radio stations have started pro-Taliban broadcasts in areas under their influence in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Samangan and Faryab provinces.
“Access to information, which is a people’s right, is taken away from them and their freedom of expression is taken away,” said Mujib Khalwatgar, head of Nai, an organization supporting open media in the torn country. the war.
Since the Biden administration announced its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban have stepped up their offensive. Less than a month before the deadline for the withdrawal of American troops, an intense battle between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. (ANI)