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New AM radio goes on air in Paktika

Apr 19, 2015

Sharan: A new radio channel launched test transmissions on Sunday for the first time on Amplitude Modulation (AM) in southeastern Paktika province.

The radio “Talwasa” based in Sharan, the provincial capital, could be heard in neighbouring Paktia, Ghazni, Logar and across the Durand Line on 945 kHz medium waves.

Haji Naeem Faisal, the radio’s director and owner, said they had invested around $520,000 on the project.  He said Talwasa was an independent radio channel and had no affiliation with any local, international, political or non-political organization.

The radio is established with support from the Emerge Media Training Communication, a non-profit local organization. Faisal said the new radio would abide by government’s rules and regulations.

He said the radio would cover areas where FM transmissions did not reach.  The four hours test transmissions could be expended to 20 hours with increase in financial resources, he said.

The radio has 23 staff members, nine of them journalists, and the remaining are technical staff.

Qalandar Malang, who heads the Paktika youth unity union, said the radio’s launch was an achievement and extended complete support to it on behalf of his union.

He said the channel could help people convey their problems to the authorities concerned and make their voices heard. Pajhwok

 

Melma Radio Editor in Chief Stabbed to Death

Urgon, Feb. 22. 2012

Sadem Khan Bahadorzoi, the editor in chief of Melma private radio in Urgon, Paktika was stabbed to death by unknown men.

Afghanistan Journalists Center seriously condemns this act and appeals to the Afghan government to identify and punish the perpetrators of this crime.

Yaqub Manzoor, Radio Melma deputy said that Sadem Khan received a phone call on the night of Feb. 21, 2012 from unknown armed men, who asked him to meet out of his house.

According to Mr. Manzoor, the family of Sadem did not hear from him since then until they found his dead body near Urgon the next morning.

Mohammad Yaseen Yaseen, head of Paktika Journalists Association said that no one has claimed the responsibility of Sadem Khan's death.

Afghanistan Journalists Center expresses concerns over the safety and security of reporters in the country, particularly in war zones.

Mr. Bahadorzoi is the fifth reporter and media activist who got killed in Afghanistan this year.

Previously one reporter was killed by ISAF troops in Trinkot, Urozgan; two reporters died in mine explosions in Herat and Mehtarlam cities; and one reporter died in a Taliban rocket attack in Kabul.

With Mr. Bahadorzoi the reporters’ death toll in Afghanistan, after the collapse of Taliban in 2001, reaches 32 of which 18 are Afghan citizens.

Local radio director freed by police

SHARAN, August 31, 2010

Director of a privately run local radio station in Paktika province has been freed a day after police detained him for publishing a report on the Taliban activities.

Director of Pashtun Ghag Radio Muhammad Yasin was arrested and questioned by the provincial police after his station aired a report on Taliban banning usage of mobilephone sets with built-in cameras in parts of the province.

The police said Yasin's station aired reports that could undermine the government, however, he has rejected the allegation.

Yasin said the police raided his office, confiscated its computers and treated him with humiliation.

He was freed after journalist unions intervened and pressed the police for releasing him.

Pashtun Ghag has been on air since two years with a coverage area of 90 square kilometers from the provincial center Saran City.

AFJC is condemning the raid of police on Pashtun Ghag radio's office and detention of its head. We ask the government of Afghanistan to respect freedom of expression and ensure the police act according to the laws.

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