bans Voice of America


The US-funded information group was accused of “repeatedly contravening” Afghanistan’s press legal guidelines

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities have banned radio broadcasting from the US government-funded Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). The ban was imposed attributable to “complaints” made in regards to the programming content material, VOA mentioned.

“Afghanistan has press legal guidelines and any community discovered repeatedly contravening these legal guidelines may have their privilege of reporting from and broadcasting inside Afghanistan taken away,” Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the Taliban overseas ministry spokesman, instructed VOA in a written assertion.

In response to the spokesman, each VOA and Azadi Radio – the native Afghan incarnation of RFE/RL – failed to stick to those legal guidelines. Each have been branded “repeat offenders” that “failed to indicate professionalism and have been subsequently shut down,” he mentioned. The ban took impact on Thursday.

The ruling Islamist authorities didn’t present additional element on the particular complaints it acquired, VOA mentioned.  

Defending itself towards the ban, the outlet insisted it operates “with journalistic independence” and goals to offer “complete, balanced protection” of occasions.

The US Company for World Media (USAGM), which oversees each VOA and RFE/RL, is a US federal company funded by Congress.

The Taliban has cracked down on press freedom because it swept into energy final August, swiftly taking management of the capital Kabul after the US-backed authorities collapsed and American troops left in a hasty and botched withdrawal.

In response to the Reporters With out Borders press freedom group, the variety of media shops in Afghanistan has plummeted by 40% because the Taliban seized management. The variety of journalists has fallen by 60%, the NGO mentioned.

Earlier this yr, German state-sponsored broadcaster Deutsche Welle mentioned a few of its Afghan programming had been banned, whereas the BBC’s broadcasts in Pashto, Persian and Uzbek have been additionally taken off air.

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