Taliban threats shut down 20 radio stations in the north



(MENAFN – Afghanistan Times) AT News

KABUL: Radio Keshm, a local channel in the remote mountainous province of Badakhshan in the northeast, was one of 20 broadcasters that had to cease operations when the area it locates in Keshm district recently fell in the hands of the Taliban.

Noor Aqa Noori, the radio manager, called security concerns as the only reason they stopped broadcasting.

“The government opposition attacked the area and the area is still under Taliban control. We have stopped the broadcast to avoid any possible damage. I personally called the Taliban officials and told them that we were a local radio station. They said we have to stop the activities until they order how we are to work, ”Noori said on Sunday.

Radio Keshm began broadcasting in 2008 and launched news, education and entertainment programs for 14 hours a day.

All radio staff went on leave due to security concerns, according to Noori.

Meanwhile, Rezwanullah Nezami, head of Radio Baharestan, another local channel in Badakhshan, also said their activities had ceased due to insecurity.

“Unfortunately, 20 radio stations stopped broadcasting in the northern provinces as the war escalated. We are worried that more media will be shut down as the war escalates, ”said Mojib Khalwatgar, head of the NAI media support agency.

Another radio station named Darman, was closed in the province of Jawzjan in the north. The radio located in the Aqcha neighborhood where the Taliban are in control.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Sunday that their fighters had made no restrictions on radio stations and could work freely.

The Taliban recently managed to gain traction in various provinces after government forces had to withdraw this month.

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