Kunduz radio stations off air after attack

Monday 02 November, 2015
Journalists leave the ransacked premises. Photo: PAN

Insurgents last month looted offices of four radio stations and the provincial branch of Pajhwok Afghan News in northeastern Kunduz province.

The radio stations are still not back on air and are seeking equipment to help them resume broadcasting.

The fighters plundered Kaihan, Kunduz, Shaista and Zahra radio stations, officials said, accusing the insurgents of destroyed some equipment.

Rahmatullah Hamnawa, head of the Journalists’ Protection Committee in the northeastern zone, blamed the Taliban for destroying transmitters, mixers, laptops, desktops, microphones and other tools.

He asked media suport organisation Nai to help protect media offices and professionals in the embattled city.

Zarghona Hassan, director of Shaista (Womens Radio) and Kaihan Radio, alleged the militants entered their offices in a Hilux coach and looted their equipment.

“The Taliban stormed our offices and looted our equipment,” she said, adding the Shaista Radio station building was located in an area under militant control.

Hassan claimed to have received warnings from the guerrillas against airing programmes that urged unity among for Kunduz residents.

The Afghanistan Journalists Association (AJA) also expressed concern about the media situation in Kunduz, saying tens of Afghan and foreign journalists had left the city.

The AJA hopes media outlets will restart functioning in Kunduz after its recapture by the government. It added that media needed urgent help with restarting broadcasts.

The organisation also asked security forces to pay more attention to the protection of journalists during their operations in Kunduz and is seeking technical help and loan equipment to get back on air.

In other news from Kunduz, a media activist was killed in the US military airstrike on a Doctors without Borders hospital in northern Kunduz province last month.

Zarghona Hassan told Pajhwok Afghan News that Zabihullah Pashtunyar, a presenter of entertainment programmes for youth on the station, was killed in the airstrike.

Reports courtesy of Pajhwok Afghan News


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