Taliban ban on media: These two media houses will not be able to broadcast in Afghanistan
Taliban Suppressing Press Freedom: Afghanistan's Taliban government, engaged in suppressing the voice of the media, blocked FM radio broadcasts from Afghanistan stations of Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Broadcasting is banned.
Reporters Without Borders recently said that since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, there has been a decline of 40 percent of media organizations and 60 percent of journalists. It is now reported that Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Afghanistan stations have been banned from FM radio broadcasts on charges of not doing journalism properly.
Abdul Haq Hammad, who oversees broadcasting for the Afghan administration's Ministry of Information and Culture, said on Twitter that Radio Liberty's broadcasts have been banned in 13 Afghan provinces. Meanwhile, Voice of America also reported that a new directive from the Ministry of Information and Culture has banned VOA as well.
The Voice of America television program, formerly known as Ashna TV, previously aired on the Tolo TV, ToloNews and Lamar TV channels. It was suspended by the authorities in Afghanistan on March 27 this year. Now its FM has also been banned. The Taliban's Ministry of Information and Culture said it had received complaints about the programming content, according to VOA, but the ban came a day later without sharing any details.
It is unclear whether the ban will apply to other international broadcasters who have used the same system for FM broadcasts in Afghanistan. Voice of America began broadcasting radio programs in Dari and Pashto in Afghanistan in October 1980 and July 1982. Radio Liberty officially began broadcasting in Afghanistan in 2002.
According to Reporters Without Borders, there were 547 media outlets in Afghanistan during the previous administration, but according to Khama Press, 219 print, audio and visual media were closed after the current administration came to power. Since coming to power last year, the Taliban have imposed a series of restrictions on the media and journalists, including making it mandatory for female TV anchors to cover their faces. There have been several instances of media censorship, harassment of journalists and denial of employment rights to women media personnel.