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Updated: 26 August 2015
RFE's Radio Azadi has distributed nearly all 20,000 solar-powered, hand-cranked radios to Afghans across the country.
30.55 million (World Bank estimate, 2013)
Most Common Languages:
Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, Turkmen, Balochi
Press Freedom Index (Freedom House):
Not Free, ranked 148 out of 199 (2015)
Press Freedom Index (RSF):
122 out of 180 (2015)
Corruption Index (Transparency Int.):
172 out of 175 (2014)
Global Peace Index (IES):
161 out of 162 (2014)
Human Rights Watch:
Report on Afghanistan (2015)
Afghanistan Report (2014/2015)
Hashem Mohmand is the Director of RFE/RL's Afghanistan Service. We sat down with him to discuss his beginnings as a journalist.
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