On World Television Day, TOLOnews covered the situation of the Afghan media over the past year.
The Ministry of Information and Culture said that economic challenges forced "24 media organizations" to lose their licences over one last year.
However, a media-supporting organization said that over 50 percent of media organizations halted their activities due to a variety of challenges within this period.
Abdul Haq Humad, head of the publication of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said that some of the media outlets have been closed down for broadcasting music, which was the source of their income—and it was banned by the Islamic Emirate.
“Over one year's time, some of the media organizations had been broadcasting programs which were against Islam. Their programs were music and also useless series,” he said.
NAI (supporting the open media in Afghanistan) said that more than 50 percent of the media organizations have halted their activities due to economic problems.
"Our findings show that economic problems were the first reason that TV channels halted their operations. Also, some media outlets could not continue activities due to their way of broadcasting in the current situation," said Zarif Karimi, head of NAI.
"The solution for this is to solve the economic problems of the media organizations; the government should support them. It can give them governmental advertisements,“ said Abdul Qadeer Wiar, a member of the Afghanistan Journalist Committee.