The complex of the private TV channel Metra has been converted to a religious seminary.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the acting minister of education, Noorullah Munir, said that the Islamic Emirate prioritizes attention on Islamic education.
“We have 20,000 schools across Afghanistan, but the seminaries registered with the Islamic Emirate are not more than 1,000,” he said.
“The struggles and fighting which the religious scholars engaged in were for making such seminaries,” Balkh’s Governor Mawlawi Qudratullah Abu Hamza said.
The Metra TV Channel formerly broadcast several programs but is now a seminary for more than 1,000 students.
Media watchdogs called on the Islamic Emirate to avoid changing the media complex into a religious seminary.
“Replacing a media outlet complex with a religious seminary is considered an unfair action for journalists. We call on the Islamic Emirate to help in reopening media outlets that were closed after the fall of the former government,” said Ahmad Yar Mujroh, a member of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA).
Metra TV broadcast for more than a decade but stopped its operations after the Islamic Emirate came to power in Afghanistan.