A local radio station in eastern Afghanistan was forced to shut down after repeated threats from the area's Taliban commander, the head of the station said on Tuesday.Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, said he had received phone calls as well as written warning notes purportedly from the Taliban commander. The commander was not identified.
Azimi said Taliban insurgents, who control several districts in Ghazni province, threatened them because three of the station's 16 employees are women. The Taliban are against women's rights to education and work.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, denied the insurgents had threatened Samaa.
The Taliban currently control nearly half of Afghanistan and are more powerful than at any time since the October 2001 US-led invasion.
On Saturday, a local radio journalist was killed in neighboring Paktia province. The police said it was not immediately clear if the killing of Nader Shah, a newsreader for Radio Gardez, was linked to his work or a personal dispute.