taliban: 153 Afghan media outlets stop operations after Taliban takeover – Times of India

KABUL: At least 153 Afghan media outlets have stopped operations in 20 provinces following the Taliban takeover of the warfare-torn nation final month, a media report citing organisations supporting free media stated.
The TOLO News report on Monday stated these outlets embrace radio, print and TV channels, and their closure was primarily as a consequence of financial issues and restrictions.
“If the organisations supporting media do not pay attention to the outlets, soon we will witness the closing of the remaining ones in the country,” TOLO News quoted Hujatullah Mujadadi, deputy head of the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists, as saying.
Masroor Lutfi, consultant of the Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union, has “urged the international organisations to take immediate action to address this problem. Otherwise, soon it will be the end of press freedom and other human and civil liberties”.
According to the TOLO News report, the Paktika-based Milma Radio is one of the outlets that just lately stopped its actions.
It was established in 2011 and coated political, cultural, financial and sports activities tales.
“Due to an inappropriate working environment and economic problems, we stopped our activities,” stated Yaqob Khan Manzoor, editor-in-chief of Milma Radio.
According to Manzoor, Milma Radio had 35 workers with an outreach to 13 provinces.
Now all of the previous workers are jobless. The organisations supporting free media in Afghanistan say financial issues are severe, and working beneath restrictions creates large challenges for media.
The Taliban, nevertheless, has stated they are going to attempt to create protected setting for media and journalists to proceed their jobs.

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