¡°Good Morning Afghanistan ¡± Radio Show Goes on Air From Monday
MON, FEB 25, 2002
"Good Morning Afghanistan," a daily breakfast radio show funded by the European Union (EU), is due to start on air from Kabul on Monday, the European Commission said in Brussels Sunday.
The first edition of the two-hour program in Pashtu and Dari, which can be received by up to 80 percent of the war-torn country's population, would focus on factual information but also provide entertainment and education, said the commission, the EU's executive arm, in a statement.
The commission's 235,000-euro funding for the program was part of a 4.9-million-euro package of quick-impact projects for the country after U.S.-led military action swept away the ruling Taliban last year.
An Afghan team of 20 young journalists will put together the program from the old Kabul Radio building, using donated second-hand equipment from European radio stations.
It will be produced by a Danish-based non-governmental organization, the Baltic Media Center, in partnership with Radio Afghanistan.
The center is an independent, mainly Danish-funded foundation dedicated to "promoting democracy, social development and peaceful international cooperation through active participation of the media."
The EU executive said there would be a two-minute overlap where Pashtu and Dari broadcasters discuss news items in the two languages, aimed at confidence-building among various ethnic groups in the Asian country.
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