Samangan radio and TV goes “on air” in brand new studio

The radio and television station in northern Samangan province opened its new studios on Wednesday.
The newly equipped station will broadcast a wide range of programmes for people in the province and will inform local communities about the development activities in various districts.
The studio was constructed with funding from the German government’s programme for regional capacity development (RCD) in northern Afghanistan, said a statement issued by Afghan-German Cooperation.
The studio now has professional equipment that Radio-Television Afghanistan (RTA) in Samangan can use for broadcasting.
Besides the new studios, 14 staff members of RTA received six months of training in reporting, recording and editing.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, Dr. Martin Schuldes, German Development Commissioner in Afghanistan, said the access to information and professional media coverage is key to enabling people to develop well-informed opinions.
Mr. Schuldes reaffirmed Germany’s commitment to continue supporting the government and people of Afghanistan.
“A secure environment and the political will of key decision-makers in Afghanistan to work for the common good are crucial preconditions for development cooperation activities to be successful,” he said.
Mohammad Hashim Zareh, governor of Samangan, thanked the German government for its cooperation with the government of Afghanistan.
The main achievement over the past 14 years has been freedom of speech and vibrant press.
“These new studios for RTA Samangan are one more step ahead toward freedom of speech and will help raise the awareness of the public regarding government achievements, programmes and activities for the public,” he said.
RTA Samangan can now run various media activities and produce and edit a diverse range of daily programmes. The significance of the new studio goes beyond entertainment and competition with private operators.
“RTA can act as a bridge between society and officials, passing on the needs of the people to government representatives and vice versa. In addition to that, young journalists will be able to gain experience in the field, resulting in a higher quality of local journalism. Over time, values such as freedom of expression and media freedom as such might also become more embedded in local communities,” said the statement issued by Afghan-German Cooperation.
The total cost of construction, equipment and training was about 12 million Afghanis, and the project was run in cooperation with Samangan Provincial Development Committee.

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