Afghanistan: Private radio Aynak debuts in Logar

PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan — Radio Aynak, a new private radio network, commenced broadcasting in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province, on Sunday following a two-month trial period.

Matiullah Sarwar, director of Aynak Radio, shared in a statement from the Afghanistan Journalists Center that the station airs from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. It features a variety of content, including political, social, cultural, religious, health, and educational programs, with special segments for children and women, he said.

He added that the station, broadcasting on 95.5 FM, reaches parts of Wardak, Paktia, and Kabul provinces, in addition to Logar.

The inauguration, attended by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, highlighted the significance of new media ventures in the region. Addressing concerns about information restrictions and self-censorship, Mujahid stated that the Taliban government is committed to combating censorship and ensuring information freedom.

The launch of Aynak Radio occurs amidst challenges for new private media in Afghanistan, including stringent conditions for work permits and often rejected applications for radio and television establishments.

Ahmad Qureshi, executive head of the Afghanistan Journalists Center, commended the establishment of Aynak Radio. He noted the difficult economic and media operation conditions, deeming the new station a positive development. Qureshi expressed hope for Aynak Radio’s independent and effective role in the media landscape.

Currently, Logar province hosts five media outlets, including private radios Pahand Melli, Zainat, Ittihad, Mahal, and the National radio run by the Taliban.