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Taliban ban Radio broadcasting of Voice of America

Voice of America and AP press agency reported that Taliban authorities have banned radio broadcasting from VOA in Afghanistan.

As per the VOA report, Taliban authorities received complaints regarding programming content.

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VOA statement further wrote that Afghan authorities did not provide any further details regarding complaints.

“VOA operates with journalistic independence and aims to provide comprehensive, balanced coverage,” the statement continued.

It had not been made clear currently whether the prohibition will be extended to more foreign broadcasters operating in Afghanistan.

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In March, portions of DW’s Afghan programming were prohibited from being played by Afghan partners, while Pashto, Persian, and Uzbek-language BBC news bulletins were also taken off the air.

According to Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesperson for the Afghan Foreign Ministry, his nation has regulations governing the media, and any network found to be repeatedly violating those laws will be shut down.

“VOA and Azadi Radio (Radio Liberty) failed to adhere to these laws, were found as repeat offenders, failed to show professionalism, and were therefore shut down,” the spokesperson urged.

Since taking power last year, the Taliban leadership imposed limitations on media and journalists in an effort to curtail journalistic freedom in the nation.


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