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Ghazni-based media facilities suffered losses: AJSC

Ghazni-based media facilities suffered losses: AJSC

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Aug 16, 2018 - 09:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Media offices suffered huge losses during the fighting in the capital of southern Ghazni province, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said on Thursday.

Talibaninfo-icon fighters attacked Tapa-i-Television and torched antennas and transmitters of National Radio Television, BBC, Radio Azadi, Voice of America, Arman and Ariana Radios stations.

A statement from the committee said facilities of Tolo and Ariana TV channels were also attacked. One of technical worker of state-run broadcaster RTA was killed, it claimed.

On the third day of fighting, the militants set alight buildings of Ghaznawyan Radio-Tv and Rana Radio. “Fortunately, workers of the media outlets were not present at the time of the incident.”

Local media broadcasts in the province, excluding the state-run radio, had ceased to operate, AJSC said, adding a number of journalists and media workers had left Ghazni.

AJSC representatives and security specialist are in contact with local journalist to provide them necessary assistance and step-by-step safety instructions.

There have also been minor attacks by Taliban in Kunduz, where AJSC representative is closely monitoring the situation and is prepared to provide assistance to media workers in the event of deterioration of security.

In Nangarhar province, the committee noted, the Islamic State had been posing serious threats to journalists and media houses. A female radio host was directly contacted by the militant group and asked to join it or face murder.

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