A total of 257 media outlets have been closed due to financial challenges and sanctions since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. This information has been given through a media report quoting an NGO. NAI Group, which has been supporting the Afghan media industry since 2004, said on Tuesday that closed outlets include print, radio and TV stations, Tolo News reported.
According to the NAI, more than 70 percent of Afghan media personnel have become unemployed or left the country since Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban on August 15. Reports also revealed that during the Taliban’s 100-day rule, 6 journalists lost their lives in various incidents including attacks, explosions, suicides and traffic incidents by unknown armed men.
Officials of the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate government have repeatedly said they are committed to protecting the achievements of the media and freedom of expression. Tolo News reports that concerns are being raised over the sanctions mentioned in two lists of principles for the Islamic Emirate’s media operations. “According to a recent statement containing eight articles, the deputy ministry has expressed concern,” Tolo News reported quoting Hujtullah Mujadedi, head of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists’ Association. We are hopeful that this issue will be resolved in consultation with the media.
Masroor Lutfi, media officer of the Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union, said, “We urge that the access to information and media laws, which are not yet used, be changed based on the current situation and in consultation with the media.”