4 radio stations established, 7 magazines stop working in Farah
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Four new Radio stations have launched their broadcasts in western Farah province over the past eight months, while seven print media outlets stopped its publications over the past two years in the province.
The director of information and culture, Farid Ahmad Ayubi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that three private radio stations namely “Uroj”, “Dunya-i-Naw” and “Taleemul Islam” and Afghan National Army (ANA) radio “Sayar” have been established in Farah in the past eight months.
In addition to the local radio stations, the radio of BBC, Shamshad, Nava, Azadi and Aryana could also be heard from FM frequencies in the province.
Dozens of male and female journalists have been working in the radio stations, but journalists need more professional trainings, he said while asking the media support organisations to conduct training programmes for them.
“The media outlets, could bring positive changes in the sphere of disseminating information in Farah province, he said.
Owner of Dunya-i-Naw radio station, Ahmad Shah Fitrat, said that the radio station was established in November 2015 with the aim to deliver information to the masses of the province and to help in strengthening good culture of the people.
The people of the province warmly welcomed the broadcasts of the radio station, he said adding 35 people including four women have been working for the radio.
“Our radio is a private and free radio station which airs cultural, news, educational and entertainment broadcasts for 24 hours. We fulfill our needs through income from advertisements and we are pleased that we haven’t faced any financial problem so far,” he said adding the programmes of the radio station could be heard in the provincial capital of Farah and eight districts of the province.
A producer of two programmes at the radio station, Yasna Sadat who studied Dari literature said “It is my first experience to work with a radio station. I was interested in journalism since my childhood. During my work with the radio station, I realized that I have the ability be a successful journalist.”
She has been working at the radio station for only 3,000 afghanis per month which is not sufficient for her expenses, she said while asking journalists support organisations to financially and technically support female journalists in Farah province.
Meanwhile, owner of Uroj radio station, Mohammad Ibrahim Parhar, was happy over his activities in the sphere of media, saying his radio airs its broadcasts from 7am to 11pm and could be heard in provincial capital and seven districts of the province.
The radio broadcasts news, cultural, social and sport programmes and has also broadcasted live commentaries of cricket and football games, he said adding they meet their daily expenses and pay the salaries of employees through income from advertisements.
As a challenge for them, he said that Taliban fighters have several times threatened him and his employees and asked them not to stop airing broadcasts of the radio station.
“A few days ago, Taliban fighters detained one of my employees for three days, when he went home in Khak-i-Safed district of the province. Taliban warned him and asked him not to work with the radio station,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chairman of journalists association in Farah, Abdul Rahman Zhwandai who was also the former editor-in-chief of Okhka magazine, said that seven magazines namely Faradata, Okhka, Hamgan, Farah Ghazh, Paiekht, Azanga and Payam-i-Al Falah have stopped their publications due to financial issues over the past two years in the province.
Most of the magazines were operating in the province with the financial support of nongovernmental organisations, so the media outlets stopped its operation when the donors stopped their assistances with them, the director of information and culture, Farid Ahmad Ayubi, said.
The editor-in-chief of the Hamgan magazine, Abdul Jamil Zaheen, said the media outlets stopped operation due to lack financial support, not commitment of officials with media and lack of interest of readers with printed media.
“Most of his employees were school students who resigned from their jobs as they enrolled at universities, so he decided to delay the issuance of the magazine,” he said.
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