Nai, the Organization Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, declared on the occasion of November 21, “World Television Day,” that since the return of the Taliban to power, 52% of Afghanistan’s media have remained inactive.
On Tuesday, November 21, Nai stated in a press release that in the past two years, more than half of Afghanistan’s visual media have halted their activities.
Nai added that it does not find the work situation of the media, especially visual media in the country, acceptable and has called for the support of these media by international organizations.
The statement further reads: “Nai continues to urge the [Taliban] officials to reconsider their position regarding taxes and financial assurances for the media to prevent the destruction of existing media in Afghanistan.”
According to Nai’s findings, in the past two years, out of 147 television stations, 77 television stations in Afghanistan have suspended their broadcasts due to “economic challenges.”
This comes as the Taliban, since regaining control of Afghanistan, have imposed extensive restrictions on journalists and free media. The group has repeatedly detained, tortured, and imprisoned journalists.