Update: October 18, 2021 10:25 PM STI
Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 18 (ANI): The Taliban renamed the official broadcaster of the Afghan parliament and changed its schedule, according to media reports.
The company was named after the country’s lower house, Wolesi Jirga Radio and Television, Sputnik news agency reported. The group renamed it to Al-Hijra and began broadcasting Islamic-themed programs, the report added.
At least 70 percent of the media have stopped working in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country due to financial problems.
The National Association of Journalists earlier this month said it found the statistics after conducting an online survey in 28 provinces of Afghanistan, Khamma Press reported. They said 1,500 Afghan journalists participated in the investigation.
According to the organization’s statistics, 67 percent of Afghan journalists have lost their jobs and 33 percent of them are busy working under acute pressure and in difficult situations.
The head of the national association of journalists said Masroor Lutfi said that most of the active Afghan media are facing dire economic and financial situations.
â40 percent of Afghan journalists are worried about their safety in Afghanistan and the rest of them are living difficult lives because they have lost their jobs,â said Lutfi.
The re-emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan has raised concerns among many that journalists in the country will be targeted to silence dissent.
Taliban security forces also arbitrarily detained journalists and beat several of them. The leader of a journalists’ advocacy group told Human Rights Watch that the Taliban have arrested at least 32 journalists since taking power in Kabul on August 15, Human Rights Watch said. (ANI)