UN Envoy Advocates For Right To Access Information In Afghanistan On World Radio Day

Tuesday, 02/13/2024

Roza Otunbayeva, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, marked World Radio Day by visiting a local Kabul radio station.

During her visit, she highlighted the UN's commitment to ensuring the Afghan people's right to access information and freedom of expression.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shared images of Otunbayeva's engagement at "Radio Kilid" offices, emphasising on the significance of radio as a pivotal medium for news, education, and public discourse throughout a century in Afghanistan.

Otunbayeva noted that 150 radio networks are currently operational across the country.

This celebration by UNAMA comes at a challenging time for Afghan media, with numerous outlets ceasing operations and many journalists facing unemployment or exile following the Taliban's ascension to power.

The restrictive measures imposed by the Taliban regime have led to significant setbacks for media freedom in Afghanistan, including the arrest and mistreatment of several journalists over the last two years.

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