Afghan media sector experience significant development
By Sajad - Tue Jan 29 2013, 9:18 pm
Rapid expansion of mass media activities including TV stations, Radio stations and publications is considered to be one of the vital development in Afghanistan during the past ten years and after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
Media agencies which operating in groups and individually have attracted considerable viewers considering their facilities and based on their broadcast coverage across the country.
However lack of reading culture specifically newspapers has paved the way for majority of Afghans to listen programs and news broadcasted by various radio stations which can be accessed easily by ordinary Afghans.
Among the various radio stations which are actively operating in Afghanistan is Jawanan (Youth) FM which is being operated by a group of young Afghan women.
Youth FM is broadcasting 24/7 that broadcasts news, entertainment, music, literature and social programs.
Head of the publications for Youth FM programs Pashtana Shinwari said they are broadcasting live programs on daily basis for eight hours while others programs are broadcasted after being recorded by Youth FM team.
Miss Pashtana Shinwari further added that majority of the Youth FM programs are based on the young generation of Afghanistan which comprises majority of the Youth FM’s audience and listeners across the country.
According to Pashtana Shinwari the radio station is being controlled by young Afghan girls for the past five months however the team has been successful to attract majority of the Afghan youth by broadcasting diverse and interesting programs.
She said they are receiving around 100 to 120 text messages from the young male and female audience of the Youth FM on daily basis.
Youth FM is currently broadcasting in 12 provinces of Afghanistan and the radio station recently added Kandahar and Balkh proivnces of Afghanistan to its coverage.
Officials of Youth FM are saying to expand its coverage in five other main provinces of Afghanistan in the near future.
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan’s media sector has experienced significant growth in both the quality and quantity of private print, radio and TV outlets that span the country.
Yet the volatile security environment, the nascent legal system that leaves journalists physically under threat, and a commercially unsustainable media market due to a lack of advertising demonstrates the need for continued investment and capacity building in Afghanistan’s media sector.
Previously Afghan media consumers were receiving news via the BBC Pashto and Persian services, as well as the Voice of America on medium- and short-wave broadcasts from neighboring countries. The Taliban had its own medium-wave religious broadcasts out of Kabul and major cities, on antiquated Soviet-era transmitters.