7 radio stations closed due to security, financial problems: Nai
KABUL (Pajhwok): A free media advocacy group, Nai, on Thursday said seven local radio stations had been closed due to security and financial problems and a large number of other radio stations faced the same issues.
Sediqullah Tawhidi, head of Nai, told a ceremony marking World Radio Day said: “The seven radio stations were closed this solar year according to our survey involving officials of 120 radio stations in 34 provinces.”
He said a radio station was recently closed in western Herat province due to financial crisis and another one was closed in southern Ghazni province due threats from militants.
Based on the survey, 75 percent of local radio stations faced financial problems and 61 radio stations complained about security problems as their main challenges.
A lack of professional female workers and lack of access to information were other problems local radio stations faced, Tawhidi added.
He said 84 percent of 26 radio stations in Kabul were struggling with financial constrains while eight percent suffered from security problems and others lacked technical equipment.
He added 52 percent of radio stations in central regions faced security problems, 26 percent faced the shortage of professional female workers and 21 percent lacked access to information.
All of radio stations in southern regions complained about economic problems and 58 percent others faced security problems, 26 percent lacked professional female workers and 16 percent had no access to information, Tawhidi added.
In northern region, officials of all of radio stations they were concerned about economic hardships and 76 percent of the stations were worried about their security, 14 percent lacked female workers and 10 percent had no access to information.
Radio stations in eastern and western regions were almost facing the same situation that also plagued the radios in the northern and southern regions, he added.
Radio station officials in northern and eastern regions complained about lack of electricity and high power bills.
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