taliban: the taliban government prevents the media from holding a conference

NEW DELHI: The Taliban government in Afghanistan has blocked the media from holding a press conference in Kabul due to concerns about the status of the media in the country, media organizations have reported.
The conference was to be held in Kabul on Wednesday, TOLO News reported.
The Afghan Journalists Center said in a statement that the conference was expected to bring together 11 representatives from different media organizations.
“All the national and international media covered it, but unfortunately, due to the verbal order of the officials of the Islamic Emirate, the conference was canceled,” said Ali Asghar Akbarzada, leader of the National Union of Afghan journalists.
Members of the National Union of Journalists of Afghanistan said the Islamic Emirate had ordered them not to hold the conference until they received permission.
“We call on the Islamic Emirate to finalize their decision in the future. They should take the decision as soon as possible and give us a permit so that we can hold our conference on this basis,” Akbarzada said.
The Taliban government did not say whether or not it banned the media conference, but said it continued to support the media, based on Islamic regulations.
More than 43% of media activities have been interrupted and more than 60% of media workers have lost their jobs since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, according to media reports.

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