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Europe/Central Asia

Afghanistan: Setting Up the State Broadcaster's International News Department

Kabul, August 2006: Nervous excitement fills the rooms at the state broadcaster. Among those present are German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Afghan counterpart, Rangin Dadfar Spanta.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Afghan Foreign Minister Spanta press a button

They

A TV technician at work

are there to launch the new international news show of Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), capping a 36-month DW-AKADEMIE project.

For three years, experts from DW-AKADEMIE supported and encouraged the creation of an international news department. Afghan colleagues were trained, broadcast technology was modernized, and countless test broadcasts were produced. After decades of war, an international news show produced solely in Afghanistan is once again being broadcast.

A news anchor and cameraman in the TV studio

A show produced by Afghans for Afghans.

The show is broadcast nationwide in the two official languages, Dari and Pashto, and replaces the news program that was previously produced for Afghanistan by DW-TV in Berlin.

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