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48% of Radio stations in Afghanistan closed in past year


Kabul: On the occasion of International Radio Day, the Free Media Support Organization of Afghanistan (NAI) has said that 48 percent of radio stations in Afghanistan are closed due to economic problems and “existing challenges”.

(NAI) said in a press release that less than 170 radios are operating out of a total of 307 radios.

February 13th marked the UN’s World Radio Day. 

Meanwhile Taliban spokesman said on Sunday that the government believes in freedom of the press and supports media outlets where content is in line with Sharia and national interests.

According to Ariana News, he said “If we observe the Islamic principles, national interests and prevent spreading of rumors and pure propaganda of intelligence activities, the government strongly supports the press and media, and if the media operates within this framework, it will not have any problems, rather it will be supported, and that media will be the real media of our country.”

According to the latest figures provided by the Afghanistan Journalists center, in the past year, more than half of the 600 audio, video, print and online media outlets have been closed, and hundreds of journalists and media workers have left the country.

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