Militants accused of ransacking media offices in Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban have looted offices of four radio stations and the provincial branch of Pajhwok Afghan News in northeastern Kunduz province.
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 Nai -- Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan -- to help protect media offices and professionals in the embattled city.
Zarghona Hassan, director of Shaista (Women Radio) and Kaihan Radio, alleged the militants had 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 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.
AJA hoped media outlets would restart functioning in Kunduz after its recapture by the government. It added that media needed urgent help in this regard.
The organisation also asked security forces to pay more attention to the protection of journalists during their operations in Kunduz.
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