Sadai Banowan by way of AP
JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A women-run radio station in Afghanistan’s northeast has been shut down for enjoying music through the holy month of Ramadan, a Taliban official mentioned Saturday.
Sadai Banowan, which suggests ladies’s voice in Dari, is Afghanistan’s solely women-run station and began 10 years in the past. It has eight employees, six of them feminine.
Moezuddin Ahmadi, the director for Data and Tradition in Badakhshan province, mentioned the station violated the “legal guidelines and rules of the Islamic Emirate” a number of instances by broadcasting songs and music throughout Ramadan and was shuttered due to the breach.
“If this radio station accepts the coverage of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and provides a assure that it’s going to not repeat such a factor once more, we’ll enable it to function once more,” mentioned Ahmadi.
Station head Najia Sorosh denied there was any violation, saying there was no want for the closure and referred to as it a conspiracy. The Taliban “informed us that you’ve got broadcast music. We have now not broadcast any type of music,” she mentioned.
Sorosh mentioned at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday representatives from the Ministry of Data and Tradition and the Vice and Advantage Directorate arrived on the station and shut it down. She mentioned station employees have contacted Vice and Advantage however officers there mentioned they don’t have any extra details about the closing.
Many journalists misplaced their jobs after the Taliban takeover in August 2021. Media retailers closed over lack of funds or as a result of employees left the nation, in line with the Afghan Impartial Journalists Affiliation.
The Taliban have barred ladies from most types of employment and training past the sixth grade, together with college. There is no such thing as a official ban on music. Throughout their earlier rule within the late Nineties, the Taliban barred most tv, radio and newspapers within the nation.