Karzai inaugurates RTU, stresses own soaps
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked television channels not to depend on foreign entertainment productions and instead exploit domestic talent and resources to develop their own soap operas.
The former president was addressing the inauguration ceremony of newly-established Radio Television Union (RTU) as its Honorary President.
The ceremony was attended by senior government officials, media-persons and civil society activists.
Urging electronic media outlets to become members of the RTU, Karzai recalled there was neither independent media nor the concept of the freedom of expression in Afghanistan 13 year back.
“It was my dream to have an independent media in Afghanistan and now I am pleased to see that here,” the former president said.
But he lamented no proper domestic productions and said people still had to watch Turkish and Indian dramas. He urged television channels to focus on domestic production and reflect the true Afghan culture and norms in their plays.
Kamil Mir Shad Baig, the RTU director, said the union was aimed to protect the rights of media outlets, increase coordination among them and eliminate mistrust between the government and the media as it key tasks.
He said the RTU would try to provide membership to every radio and television network and to help its members resolve their differences and problems with the government.
He said so far 12 radios and 18 television networks had obtained the union membership and others were welcomed to get the membership.
Baig said currently 400 print, 158 radios and 108 TV channels were operational across the country.
At the end of the ceremony, Karzai was awarded the RTN honorary president certificate.
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