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New radio stations in tribal districts seek to counter militant propaganda
22 Oct, 2020

About 70% of the population in tribal districts use radio as their primary medium for news and entertainment.

PESHAWAR -- New radio stations being established by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government in every tribal district to inform residents of reforms, development initiatives and livelihood opportunities are set to go live next month. KP officials in September 2017 approved two development programmes -- one establishing five radio stations in the tribal areas and another setting up radio production infrastructure. The tribal areas became part of KP in 2018. "The main reason for the radio stations is to counter negative and anti-state propaganda by radio stations operating in ... Afghanistan," said Ghulam Hussain Ghazi, chief of electronic media projects at the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) KP. The cost of the first project is estimated at Rs. 310 million ($1.9 million), while that of the second project is estimated at Rs. 900 million ($5.5 million), Ghazi said.

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