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Taliban silences Radio Free Europe in Afghanistan

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The Taliban introduced on Thursday it had banned the Afghan service of Radio Free Europe. 

Generally known as Azadi, that means freedom, the station broadcasts schooling programmes for ladies in Afghanistan, who’ve been stopped from attending faculty for the reason that Taliban took over final yr.

A Taliban Data Ministry official, Abdul Haq Hammad, tweeted that the US-funded radio station had been taken off air for not complying with “journalistic ideas and its one-sided protection”. 

The transfer comes amid a broader crackdown on the freedoms of Afghan girls and women. 

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Although the Taliban stated it might defend their rights following its seizure of energy in August, it has rolled again freedoms, stopping girls from long-distance journey and not using a male guardian and banning women from receiving an schooling. 

Movies have circulated on-line which purport to indicate the Taliban lashing girls for minor infringements of the brand new guidelines. 

Radio Free Europe, which is also referred to as Radio Liberty, is funded by the US authorities however is editorially unbiased. In Afghanistan, it broadcasts within the two most important spoken languages, Dari and Pashtun. 

The station adhered to the ban however confused that it might search for alternative routes of offering its service in Afghanistan. 

“Azadi is a lifeline for tens of hundreds of thousands of Afghans, which makes the Taliban’s resolution all of the extra tragic,” Radio Free Europe chairman Jamie Fly stated in a press release.

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Azadi had already closed his workplace in Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to energy in August 2021, following the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from the nation.

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The Taliban have imposed an ultra-rigorous interpretation of Islam on the Afghan inhabitants, regularly introducing more and more strict guidelines. 

Radio Free Europe was arrange after World Conflict Two to help refugees from the USSR and provides them a platform to voice their opinions to a wider viewers. 

Students have argued that the US funded the mission to counter communism, amid Chilly Conflict tensions with the Soviet Union.

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