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Dunya Local Radio Station Comes under Grenade Attack

Charikar, May 29, 2012

A grenade was thrown on Dunya non-government radio station in Charikar capital city of Parwan province, which resulted to the injury of station’s broadcast manager.

The attack happened at 2am on Tuesday, May 29th, the station deputy manager, Mohammad Shafi Moshfiq told Afghanistan Journalists Center.

According to Mr. Moshfiq, “The grenade, aimed at the newsroom, was thrown from outside and exploded as it hit the wall causing damages to the newsroom equipments, and injuring the station’s broadcast manager, Mr. Mohammad Aqa Qane on the ear and hand.”

Mr. Qane was taken to the hospital and his health condition has been reported ‘normal’, according to station’s deputy manager.

Mr. Moshfiq added that it was the first time the station had come under such attack, and prior to this incident none of Dunya radio staff has ever received any threats at all. On the other hand, he thinks the attack was organized by those who found the station’s independent reporting on local and national problems against their personal interests.

The station is located near Kabul-Mazar transit road and about 100 meter away from Parwan Police Commissioner’s Office.

Mohammad Akram Bikzad, Parwan Police Commissioner said that the causes of the attack had yet to be determined, and an investigation has already been launched.

Dunya radio station that covers about 50 kilometer in range is the first local station in Charikar city and the second in Parwan province. The station has commenced its program on 88.8 FM band in 2010.

Previously on June 05, 2007, another non-government radio station located in Jabulsiraj district of Parwan province came under attack of unknown gunmen who succeeded in killing the station manager.

Zakia Zaki was killed along with her family members in a midnight attack at her house after she returned from radio station.

Journalists rally against Mujaddidi's arrest

CHARIKAR, September 21, 2011

Journalists and media representatives in the northern Parwan province rallied to protest arrest of Hujatullah Mujaddidi, a freelance journalist and provincial head of the Free Association of Journalists, in the neighboring Kapisa province by the National Directorate of Security officials.

Mujaddidi was detained while working on a report on the parliamentary election in Mahmud Raqi three days back.

Ahmad Hanayesh, head of the Free Association of Journalists in the Northern Zone who organized the rally in Charikar, told AFJC that NDS has brought no charges or suspicions against Mujaddidi and that nobody knew why he was arrested still after two days of his detention.

He said they were concerned about Mujaddidi's status and asked for his immediate release.

Mujaddidi was fired from his position as director of the state-run provincial radio and television stations a month ago due to disagreements with Governor Ghulam Ghaus Abu Bakr, Hanayesh said.

He added they have met with senior provincial officials to discuss Mujaddidi's release, but they said he was arrested on order from NDS central office in Kabul and only it could decide his fate.

Hanayesh voiced concern over increasing threats to journalists by local power-brokers which led to self-censorship and lack of feeling safe.

New private radio goes on air in Charikar

CHARIKAR, July 17, 2010

Dunya Radio, a new privately run station, has gone on air with experimental transmission in Charikar, the provincial capital of Parwan province.

A statement from station's owners said it was set up by a group of intellectuals and mediapeople with an aim to spread public awareness in the northern province.

Dunya Radio set to 88.8 frequency covers areas spanning 50 square kilometers from Charikar city.

Hafizullah Azizi Parwani, head of the provincial information and culture department, appreciated launching of the first private radio in his province and considered it effective in promoting public awareness.