New radio partnership extends civic programming to remote Panjshir communities

17 Mar 2016

New radio partnership extends civic programming to remote Panjshir communities

BAZARAK - A new partnership between a central Panjshir province radio station and UNAMA will kick off over the next three months with a series of broadcasts on justice and rule of law.  

At a meeting in Bazarak this week, the details of the agreement were finalized between Khurasan FM – the only media organization in the isolated area – and UNAMA.

The new partnership will reach thousands of people in Panjshir province, opening up a new flow of essential and practical information.

“People in Panjshir are cut off from the central sources of information because the place is mountainous and remote,” said Haroon Anabi, Director of Khurasan FM.

“When it comes to knowledge of the laws, access to justice or the legal procedures, we don’t know them,” said Mr. Anabi.

“As a result, the community sees the police as the referral point for all legal issues without being aware of the existing other mechanisms and organs, the right to approach them and receive legal advice as per the country’s constitution,” he said.

Mr. Anabi went on to say that partnering with UNAMA would ensure that the specialized information broadcast about justice and other issues would be accurate.

One of the areas of UNAMA’s support to the Afghan Government is in its priority work to establish a fair and transparent justice system, eliminating impunity and contributing to the affirmation of the rule of law throughout the country.

Across Afghanistan, UNAMA  works with more than 40 local partner radio stations across 31 provinces, reaching an estimated audience of more than 20 million people with a variety of programming including protection of civilians, women’s rights, children’s rights, support to peace and reconciliation, transparency and good governance.

By partnering with local radio stations UNAMA aims to create a forum for local professionals and activists who are the driving force of change. In addition, the information broadcast is tailored to the needs of local communities.