Marking World Television Day, Nai, Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, reported a significant decline in Afghanistan's visual media post-Taliban takeover.
According to Nai, 52% of the nation's visual media outlets have halted operations. The media landscape in Afghanistan, as per Nai's statement, remains far from ideal.
The date, November 21, aligns with World Television Day, a day recognizing the impact of television as a medium for communication and enlightenment. Nai highlighted television's critical role in the past 20 years, notably in fostering freedom of speech, educating the public, and promoting awareness.
Nai's surveys revealed that out of 147 television channels, 77 have stopped broadcasting, primarily due to financial difficulties. The organization has appealed to the Taliban for a revised media support strategy, focusing on tax relief and financial aid, to avert the possible collapse of Afghanistan's media sector.
Furthermore, Nai is urging both national and international media support entities to aid Afghan media. Recently, on November 18, the Afghanistan Journalists Centre reported 75 instances of freedom of expression violations over a six-month period.