The BBC’s TV news programs were canceled in Afghanistan after the Taliban “ordered our TV partners to remove international channels from their airwaves”.
The company has urged the Taliban to “reverse their decision” and claims the service reaches six million Afghans weekly.
The Taliban were overthrown by a US-led coalition in 2001 but regained power last August following the US’s chaotic end to the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, the BBC announced that its TV news bulletin in Pashto, Persian and Uzbek had been shut down by Taliban orders in Afghanistan.
Tarik Kafala, Head of Languages at BBC World Service, said: “This is a worrying development at a time of uncertainty and turbulence for the people of Afghanistan.
“More than six million Afghans watch the BBC’s independent and impartial journalism on television every week, and it is vital that they are not denied access to it in the future.
“We are calling on the Taliban to reverse their decision and allow our television partners to return the BBC’s news programs to the airwaves without delay.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/bbc-news-bulletins-taken-off-air-in-afghanistan-after-taliban-ruling-41492673.html BBC news programs were broadcast in Afghanistan after Taliban rule