Radio Nai Training (2010)
Radio provides a platform for discussion and processing information for the population. With print media unable to reach the illiterate majority and with television still powerless to break through to the majority of the population it has been left to Radio to emerge as the prominent media serving the people from the cities right down to the communities of Afghanistan. Reach remains the sector's largest problem, but sets are within the reach of even many poor families and run off batteries, and there is a long tradition of listening to radio in Afghanistan. Despite efforts undertaken by the media to accurately report on Afghanistan daily realities, serious threats on press freedom are present, thus impeding the Afghan population to access the objective, independent and reliable information that is needed for citizens to fully participate in the democratic process. Today, journalists in Afghanistan lack the security, independence and access to information they need to fulfil their professional duties in the best and impartial manner. And Afghan society at large does not fully appreciate the key role that media plays in a democratic society. Numerous attacks and intimidations, restriction on access to information and restrictive media laws impede the well functioning of the profession, thus leading to self-censorship and depriving the Afghan population of the information they need to fully participate in the democratic process. The specific project objective is to promote the democratic process in Afghanistan by strengthening the media's role in campaigning for greater press freedom and independence. The focus will be on improving news presenting on radio, promoting agreed standards of press freedom in a democracy, promoting improved media reporting of elections, post election and politics, improving of entertainment broadcasting quality. Expected project outputs include the establishment of news and entertainments sections and training for approximately 110 journalists from Kabul and provinces in journalism, news presenting, DJ presenting, and basic computer skills.