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The Tamadon TV chief denies Taliban accusations about political ties and land ownership

Mohammad Jawad Mohseni, the head of Tamaddon TV, has denied the Taliban Justice Ministry’s allegations that the private media company is linked to a political party and has appropriated government land.

Mr Mohseni stated that the land for Tamaddon TV was purchased from a private owner and is in no way state-owned.

Mohammad Jawad Mohseni also said that Asif Mohseni, the former head of the Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan, had resigned from the party before founding Tamaddon TV in 2005.

He, the current head of Tamaddon TV, is the grandson of Asif Mohseni, the founder of this private media outlet.

In a post on social media platform it is not, and never has been, state property.”

The post asked the Taliban to appoint a committee to review Tamaddon TV’s documents and evidence.

Previously, Barakatullah Rasooli, spokesperson for the Taliban Ministry of Justice, claimed that “Tamaddon TV, Khatam al-Nabieen School and Khatam al-Nabieen University belong to the Islamic Movement Party.”

This Taliban official claimed that the buildings of all these institutions were built on appropriated state lands.

However, Jawad Mohseni countered that the Khatam al-Nabieen University building has been rented out and the land for the Khatam al-Nabieen School was legally transferred to Asif Mohseni during the previous government.

The Afghanistan Journalists Center described the Taliban’s move to close Tamaddon TV as a manifestation of the suppression of the media and freedom of expression in Afghanistan.