Wednesday, July 07, 2004

The Battle For Afghanistan's Airwaves

An interesting article from the Asia Times Online about the struggle to establish free, independant radio stations in Afghanistan. The literacy rate in afghanistan is very low and many of the rural areas do not have electricity, so radio plays an important role in the country. Radio has become an important tool in the liberation of the women of Afghanistan as well:

Slowly, this is beginning to change. Women have begun to work for national media outlets, and at least four stations that are specifically run by women and feature women's issues have begun broadcasting in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jabul Saraj and Herat. These stations can only broadcast a few hours each day, and face opposition from various forces challenging their effort to participate in society. They have experienced the difficulties of all fledgling institutions in Afghanistan, with conservatives clashing with liberals - many of whom are returning from exile - in a dynamic that affects all of Afghan politics, including the media.

A long but interesting article on a subject that is never covered in US media.