The Afghan Senate has awarded RFE's Radio Azadi an important local journalism prize for "its long record of impartiality and prompt news reporting."
"Over the years, the local media outlets routinely censored our news," said Senate Complaints Committee Chairman Dr. Zamai Zabuli. "But Radio Azadi always aired the news as it was. It has always been the best place to obtain objective facts."
Radio Azadi always aired the news as it was. It has always been the best place to obtain objective facts.
The station beat out hundreds of other regional news outlets for the award. Radio Azadi's Kabul Bureau Chief Amin Mudaqiq was presented the prize by Zabuli during a ceremony in the Afghan capital.
"In a place where partisan politics frequently inhibits unbiased reporting, I'm proud that Radio Azadi is being recognized for our commitment to provide Afghans with reliable and accurate news," said Mudaqiq. "It's why Radio Azadi consistently draws more listeners than any other station in the country."About Radio Azadi
RFE's Radio Azadi is the leading media outlet in Afghanistan, reaching 50% of the population with broadcasts in Dari and Pashto
. It was originally established in 1985 and resumed in 2002 following the ouster of the Taliban.
-- Jeff Swafford