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Lack of support causes media collapse in Afghanistan

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KUNDUZ CITY, Dec 26 (Pajhwok Afghan News): About thirty print media outlets out of fifty have been closed in northeastern zone due to various reasons.

These governmental and non governmental publications had started after the interim government was established in Takhar, Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces

12 publications including dailies and periodicals have been closed in Takhar province while only two nongovernmental and one governmental outlet is still carrying on, but there was no daily newspaper in the province.

Media officials said the reason for closure of the outlets were economic problems, lack of printing houses, marketing and support of the government.

Nooria Nekzad editor-in-chief of a women monthly magazine Saro in Takhar said the monthly was run by the support of local women for one year but for the last three months it has stopped publishing because the women could not support anymore.

In neighboring Kunduz province 10 media outlets have collapsed but only two nongovernmental and one governmental publication is still publishing.

Gul Rahim Niazmand, head of a publication which has stopped for one year said people have not developed reading habit.

He said he was unable to find market for his publication in Kunduz city.

Sayed Munir Hadaf, editor of Kunduz monthly said some of the government restrictions caused media to collapse.

He said he was several times threatened and beaten by government officials.

But Muhammad Omar, Kunduz governor said they are trying to help media officials overcome their economical problems.

He said: “Media has the right to make constructive criticism on the activities of government administrations”

The media in Badakhshan has also faded up.

Muhammaddin Khwahani, information and culture department head of the province said five media outlets have been closed in the province during last two years.

He said currently the state-owned Television, a radio; two print media outlets are active in the province.

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Written by afghandevnews

December 28, 2007 at 7:03 pm

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