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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.
31.63 million (World Bank estimate, 2014)
Most Common Languages:
Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, Turkmen, Balochi
Press Freedom Index (Freedom House):
Not Free, ranked 62 out of 100 (2016)
Press Freedom Index (RSF):
120 out of 180 (2016)
Corruption Index (Transparency Int.):
166 out of 168 (2015)
Global Peace Index (IES):
160 out of 162 (2016)
Human Rights Watch:
Report on Afghanistan (2016)
Afghanistan Report (2015/2016)
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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