Taliban in a statement on Monday threatened all Afghan TV channels, radio stations and other media outlets to avoid airing and publishing advertisements which the resurgent group believes are a “propaganda against their fighters”.

The group warned to target all those people associated with those media outlets who continue to broadcast anti-Taliban commercials.

This is the second time the group is threatening Afghan media. The first time, they threatened few media outlets over their reports on the fall of the city of Kunduz in northern Kunduz province back in 2016.

The group has given a week deadline to the media outlets to stop these advertisements.

The move by the Taliban was faced with immediate criticism by media supporting organizations. However, the Afghan government has not reacted to this issue so far.

“It is good if they (Taliban) have any objection about the context and content of the commercials and advertisements and discuss their criticism, but it is not good to threaten someone to death. I want to repeat that private media outlets of Afghanistan are operating privately and they are impartial,” said Sediqullah Tawhidi, member of Journalists Safety Committee.

“No group or party or a military force is allowed to determine our job. We are undertaking our job in line with the prevailing laws of Afghanistan,” said Zia Bomia, member of Afghanistan National Journalists Union.

A presidential advisor Hasib Sadat said the Afghan government is committed to working jointly with the media to ensure the safety of journalists in Afghanistan.

“If someone threatens media or a journalist, he is the enemy of Afghanistan,” he said.

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