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Only women-run radio station in Afghanistan shut down by Taliban


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Afghan girls’s rights defenders and civil activists protest to name on the Taliban for the preservation of their achievements and training, in entrance of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. — Reuters/File

A radio station within the northeast of Afghanistan run by girls was shut down for what Taliban authorities say “performed music throughout the holy month of Ramadan,” reported Al Jazeera on Monday.

The radio station — Sadai Banowan — was began 10 years in the past and is the nation’s solely radio station run by girls. It has eight members of employees during which six of whom are females.

The radio station violated the legal guidelines and rules of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by broadcasting songs a number of instances throughout the holy month, stated Moezuddin Ahmadi, the director for Info and Tradition in Badakhshan province.

Ahmadi additionally stated, “If this radio station accepts the coverage of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and provides a assure that it’ll not repeat such a factor once more, we are going to enable it to function once more.”

Station chief Najia Sorosh, nonetheless, denied any such violation and regarded it as a pretext to shut the station.

“The Taliban advised us that you’ve got broadcast music. We’ve got not broadcast any type of music,” she stated.

Sorosh was quoted as saying: “At 11:40 am on Thursday (7:10 GMT), representatives from the Ministry of Info and Tradition and the Vice and Advantage Directorate arrived on the station and shut it down.”

Al Jazeera reported that Afghanistan’s Vice and Advantage Directorate was contacted by the employees of the radio station, however the official refused to share any details about the closure saying “they don’t have any extra details about the closing.”

For the reason that Taliban got here into energy in Kabul on August 2021, quite a few journalists and media business folks have misplaced their jobs. Afghan Impartial Journalists Affiliation famous that lots of the media homes had been closed as a result of their employees fled the nation.

Those that refuse to adjust to the directives of Taliban authorities are detained and later tortured and abused, said the report.

The authorities in Afghanistan additionally barred most Afghan girls from incomes a residing. In addition they prohibited ladies’ training past sixth grade together with the schools. There isn’t a official ban on music.

Throughout their reign within the Nineties, Afghan Taliban shut down a lot of the media homes, radios and newspapers.

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