Journalism Pakistan
Latest:
Digital Connections: 2024 Digital News Report reveals rising challenges and shifting trends in global mediaOpportunities: 2024 Climate Journalism Award: Honoring excellence in environmental reportingWorld: Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan GershkovichJSchool: How AI is shaping the future of journalismDigital Connections: TikTok enhances revenue options for content creatorsOpportunities: LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwideFeatured: Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibilityFeatured: Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferencesWomen in Media: Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarksOpportunities: IWMF offers funding opportunities for female journalists worldwideNewsroom Pakistan: PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyDigital Connections: YouTube unveils new features to boost creator engagement and monetization

Taliban order closure of Tamadon TV amid crackdown on Afghan media

 JournalismPakistan.com
 June 10, 2024

Taliban order closure of Tamadon TV amid crackdown on Afghan media

NEW YORK—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Taliban to reverse its order to shut down the private broadcaster Tamadon TV and to end its escalating suppression of Afghan media.

On Thursday, the Taliban’s Ministry of Justice announced the closure of Tamadon TV, alleging that the broadcaster was affiliated with the Harakat-e-Islami political party and operating on "seized land," according to Qari Baraktullah Rasuli, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice. The statement was posted on X (formerly Twitter) and reported by various media outlets. Tamadon TV has denied these claims.

Tamadon TV initially announced that a Taliban delegation had entered its station to shut down operations, but later confirmed that the suspension was postponed until Saturday. The exact date for the station's closure has not been specified by the Taliban.

"The Taliban must immediately and unconditionally reverse its decision to ban Tamadon TV and allow the channel to continue broadcasting," said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Beh Lih Yi. "“The Taliban is expanding its relentless crackdown on Afghan media and suppressing any independent voices. This must end."

On June 6, Mohammad Jawad Mohseni, director of Tamadon TV, refuted the Taliban's allegations regarding the broadcaster's political affiliations. He clarified that the late founder of Tamadon TV, Ayatullah Asif Mohseni, had resigned from Harakat-e-Islami in 2005, well before establishing the TV station. Mohseni also stated that the land for Tamadon TV was legally purchased from a private owner and had no governmental ties.

Tamadon TV, predominantly owned and operated by members of the Hazara-Shia ethnic minority, covers political and current affairs as well as Shiite religious programming. The Hazara community has faced increasing persecution and violence since the Taliban's takeover in August 2021.

The closure of Tamadon TV is part of a broader series of restrictions imposed on Afghan media by the Taliban. In May, the Taliban's Media Complaints and Rights Violations Commission banned participation in discussions with Afghanistan International's television and radio stations, urging citizens to boycott the channel. Additionally, the Taliban shut down Noor and Barya TV broadcasters in April, citing violations of "national and Islamic values."

Since seizing control in 2021, the Taliban has also closed other broadcasters, including Radio Nasim in Daikundi Province, Hamisha Bahar Radio and TV in Nangarhar province, and Radio Sada e Banowan in Badakhshan province. International broadcasters such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America have also been banned.

CPJ's requests for comments from Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid did not receive a response.

 

 

 

 

Farewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalismFarewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalism

 June 15, 2024:  Renowned Indian sports journalist Harpal Singh Bedi has passed away, leaving a legacy of razor-sharp reporting and heartfelt stori...

Cable operators block four news channels in India's Andhra Pradesh state post-electionCable operators block four news channels in India's Andhra Pradesh state post-election

 June 14, 2024:  The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls for the immediate restoration of news channels Sakshi TV, TV9, NTV, and 10TV in A...

CPJ urges Delhi Police to drop probe against The Caravan journalistsCPJ urges Delhi Police to drop probe against The Caravan journalists

 June 12, 2024:  The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demands that Delhi Police cease its retaliatory investigation into The Caravan journali...

IFJ and Indian union condemn attacks on journalists in IndiaIFJ and Indian union condemn attacks on journalists in India

 June 11, 2024:  The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) condemn the recent assaults on journalist...

Video streaming dominates Asian media landscape in 2024Video streaming dominates Asian media landscape in 2024

 June 09, 2024:  Discover the latest developments in the Asian media industry as local OTT platforms gain traction and video streaming services dom...

CPJ urges Vietnam to disclose location of detained journalist Truong Huy SanCPJ urges Vietnam to disclose location of detained journalist Truong Huy San

 June 08, 2024:  The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demands the immediate release of independent journalist Truong Huy San, detained by Vie...

Singapore's new privacy laws impact media operationsSingapore's new privacy laws impact media operations

 June 05, 2024:  Singapore's new privacy laws affect media operations with stricter data protection measures. Understand how these regulations impa...

South Korea leads Asia in digital news consumption growthSouth Korea leads Asia in digital news consumption growth

 June 05, 2024:  South Korea leads Asia in digital news consumption growth. Learn about the latest trends and how Korean media is innovating to mee...

Newsroom
2024 Climate Journalism Award: Honoring excellence in environmental reporting

2024 Climate Journalism Award: Honoring excellence in environmental reporting

 June 18, 2024 The 2024 Climate Journalism Award celebrates innovative climate reporting with approximately $2600 prizes in five categories. Apply now to honor excellence in environmental storytelling.

Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich

Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich

 June 18, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges Russian authorities to release U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich and drop all charges against him as his trial begins on June 26. Gershkovich has been detained for over 14 months on unfounded espionage charges.

LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwide

LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwide

 June 17, 2024 Discover how the Legal Network for Journalists at Risk (LNJAR) defends press freedom worldwide. LNJAR provides crucial legal support to journalists and media outlets facing threats and legal challenges, ensuring they can work without fear.

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

 June 17, 2024 Discover the key factors behind the declining credibility of Pakistani TV channels, from sensationalism and political bias to the influence of advertisers and ethical lapses. Learn what can be done to restore public trust and uphold journalistic integrity.

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

 June 16, 2024 Indian author Arundhati Roy is facing prosecution over her controversial remarks on Kashmir made in 2010. The legal action highlights ongoing tensions and freedom of speech issues in India.