Photo: Hamisha Bahar website

Taliban shuts radio station in Nangarhar for training women

The Taliban has closed down Hamisha Bahar, a private-owned Radio and TV Network, in the eastern Nangarhar province for holding a training program that included women.

Atal Khan Stanekzai, broadcasting manager of Hamisha Bahar Radio, said the media outlet was closed by Taliban authorities in the PD 4 area of the capital Jalalabad on Monday around 6 pm.

The closure of Hamisha Bahar came after it held a mixed-gender training a day earlier, the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) said on Tuesday.

AFJC condemned the closure of this Radio and TV Network and calls on the Taliban authorities to allow the outlet to resume its operations.

According to AFJC, on August 1, a group of 10 to 15 members of the Taliban provincial police forcibly entered the office of Hamisha Bahar, accusing the outlet of breaking the group’s ban on women’s higher education, and ordered the closing of the training course.

Since 2013, Hamisha Bahar Radio offers training programs in radio journalism for those interested in the field in eastern Afghanistan. It has 35 staff, nine of them female.

A survey by the Afghan National Journalists Union (ANJU) released in January 2023 shows that of 579 media outlets previously operating in the country, only 292 remained functional by the end of 2022. In the period after August 2021, as many as 99 radio stations stopped operating.