The Islamic Emirate has halted Voice of America radio broadcasts in Afghanistan, the VOA said in a report.
According to the report, the current government said the reason is "public complaints."
Abdul Haq Humad, an official of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said on Twitter that the broadcast of Radio Azadi (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) has been halted in 13 provinces.
The Islamic Emirate said that the broadcasts have been halted due to the cancellation of their contracts with the Radio/Television of Afghanistan (RTA).
“This issue belongs to the Ministry of Information and Culture. Both sides have contracts which have been canceled and this stopped their broadcast,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
The media-supporting organizations expressed concerns over the suspension of broadcast of the two radio stations.
“The media organizations which are active under the law and rules of Afghanistan should be encouraged because free media is important for sharing information to the people,” said Abdul Qadeer Wiar, deputy head of the Afghanistan’s Journalist’ Protection Committee.
“I think the world countries have specific conditions. For example, the protection of human rights, women’s rights and freedom of speech. I think the decision to stop the radio broadcasts will not bring a good result,” said Hafizullah Barakzai, head of the council of Afghanistan’s journalists.
The Reporters Sans Frontier (RSF) in a recent report said that 219 media organizations stopped their activities after the Islamic Emirate swept into power.