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Security & cash woes: Logar-based radio goes off the air

Security & cash woes: Logar-based radio goes off the air

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Apr 10, 2017 - 19:14

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The Milli Paigham (National Message) radio station in central Logar province has stopped broadcasting due to security threats and financial problems, an official said Monday.

Provincial Information and Culture Director Mohammad Shafiq Popal told Pajhwok Afghan News the radio station in Mohammad Agha district had ceased broadcasts 10 days back.

The Milli Paigham Radio had been airing news bulletins, religious, entertainment and political programmes at the provincial level over the past 14 years, the official said.

“Radio station’s workers have been faced with security threats and financial problems after its director-in-chief was shot dead by unidentified gunmen some three months ago,” he recalled.

Ajmal, a resident of Pul Kandahar village, said, “The Milli Paigham Radio presented programmes on public interest issues, having many listeners, but the station stopped broadcasting about two weeks ago.”

He asked the government to resolve the radio station’s problems and help it resume its broadcasts.

An official of the radio station, who wished to go unnamed, also confirmed they had halted airing programmes due to security and financial woes.

“Our director-in-chief, Mohammad Nasir Mudassir, was killed by unidentified armed men about three months ago. We have since been threatened by callers using different phone numbers with death if we do not stop broadcasting,” he added.

The source insisted the radio station was presenting all its programmes based on Islamic values and national interests but he did not know why they were threatened.

He added they had shared the issue with the central government several times, but no corrective action had been taken so far.

On the other hand, the governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, also confirmed the radio had stopped broadcasting. He said staff of the radio station had complained to the governor’s house several times.

He said the governor had ordered security organs to ensure radio station workers’ protection. “Ensuring security for workers of all media outlets is our responsibility,” Saleh said.

Many media outlets have been closed in different parts of the country due to security threats and financial problems in recent years.

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