At least 86 radio stations have halted operations over the past six months, media watchdog organizations reported, saying financial and political issues are the main reasons for the collapse of the Afghan media.
February 13th marked the UN's World Radio Day.
Although the media instrument has technologically developed in a variety of ways, radio still remains one of the main sources of information for people in some countries.
“We have a lot of memories from the radio. There was a time when restrictions were imposed on listening to the radio. When we were listening to the radio, we would task one individual to keep a lookout; we were listening to it in secret,” said Mangal, a resident of Wardak.
“It was a longtime ago. I was a toddler. A radio device was brought into our village. When I was listening to the broadcast, I was thinking there are people inside the radio device,” said Abdul Salim, a resident of Wardak.
The recent political change in Afghanistan following the fall of the republican government has severely affected the Afghan media’s radio sector.
Radio Jahan is one of the dozens of radios that has halted operations since August.
“Radio Jahan has halted broadcasting for more than 6 months due to severe economic challenges,” said Mosawar Rasikh, head of Radio Jahan.
“Around 70 percent of radio stations are closed in the country. The reasons are economic challenges and broadcasting programs--in the current situation. On the other hand, the government insists on collecting taxes from radio stations,” said Shafiullah Azizi, head of the Zamzama radio stations.
Based on the statistics, over 300 different kinds of media organizations have been closed since the Islamic Emirate swept into power in August.
“Our findings show that if the international community doesn’t provide financial support to the media, many of these radio stations will be closed within the next six months--this shows a collapse of the media in the country,” said Hojatullah Mujadidi, head of the Afghan Independent Journalist Association.
Radio in Afghanistan began in the era of the former Afghan King Amanullah Khan in 1926. The first radio station was named Radio Kabul and broadcast in Kabul.
Comment this post