Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Taleban-era radio announcer rides crest of the airwaves  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 26/07/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Ce a deadpan radio announcer under the Taleban Masood Sanjer has gained renown for being a thorn in the side of accountability-dodging Afghan officials exemplifying hard-won media freedoms that are at stake in a pivotal year.His radio talk show 'Safai Shahar" (cleaning the city) is something of a cross between a public helpline and a kangaroo court enabling callers around Afghanistan to vent their civic grievances over the airwaves from broken sewage drains to crime and corruption.Sanjer 36 plays troubleshooter live on air phoning up relevant authorities to seek redress often skewering them for answers and sometimes chivvying them into action.'Does anyone know where the mayor of Kabul is this morning" he purred into the microphone during a recent hour-long show broadcast live at 7am from a spartan Kabul studio.A woman producer sat nearby fingers skittering over a cellphone as she attempted in vain to get hold of the mayor after an angry caller accused the municipality of dumping raw sewage in his neighborhood.'If you see the mayor anywhere could you please convey that Arman FM radio is trying to contact him He isn't answering his phone" Sanjer said pouting mockingly. 'Is he still asleep"Sanjer was once a mealy-mouthed announcer at Voice of Sharia the Taleban's official mouthpiece during their oppressive 1996-2001 rule cautiously vetting every word before it fell off his tongue. His life depended on it.'One mistake one wrong word and you could get locked up in a container by the Taleban" he told AFP revealing his sepia-toned photograph from the time sporting the mandatory beard and turban.'And now look at me I just switch on the mic and say whatever comes out of my mouth" said Sanjer now clean-shaven.In many ways Sanjer's dramatic career trajectory mirrors the evolution of the media in post-Taleban Afghanistan into a feisty and largely free watchdog despite funding pressures and the ever-growing threat of violence.From virtually no free media in the Taleban era Afghanistan today boasts of hundreds of television broadcasters radio stations and print publications many seemingly unafraid of riling authorities with hard-nosed reporting about corruption and nepotism that is synonymous with Afghan officialdom.'The sentence you often hear about the Afghan media being the only success story in Afghanistan is not a cliche or an exaggeration" Massoumeh Torfeh an expert on the Afghan press told AFP.'The media has become an instrument of political power. All politicians know they cannot survive without being heard on the media. Equally no politician including the president can escape being scrutinized by the media" said Torfeh a research associate at the London School of Economics.But several media organizations face the serious risk of collapse observers warn as Afghanistan faces a precipitous economic downturn amid cynicism about the country's future.The United States plans to pull out the bulk of its troops from Afghanistan by December after 13 years of war despite an ascendant Taleban and the nation is in the midst of a rancorous power struggle after presidential elections marred by allegations of fraud.International funding and advertising dollars that kept many media organizations afloat all these years are rapidly dwindling as foreign troops contractors and NGOs depart.But Saad Mohseni chairman of his family-run Moby Group which owns five broadcast networks in the country including the popular Tolo TV and Arman FM remains ebulliently optimistic about the future.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 27 2014 - Lebanon mourns 'songbird' SabahArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BEIRUT: Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday at the age of 87 after a seven-decade career and a colorful love life that kept her in the headlines until the ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Egypt drops ban on 'adults only' filmArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CAIRO: An Egyptian court has revoked a government ban on a film by Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe that had been deemed sexually provocative judicial sources said on Wednesday.In April ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Prince vanishes from social mediaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEW YORK: Prince whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Cumberbatch quits smokingArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he left smoking one month back.The 38-year-old actor said staying away from cigarette is helping him stay healthy ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Dilip Kumar perfectly fine: Big BArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MUMBAI: Thespian Dilip Kumar is 'perfectly fine' says actor Amitabh Bachchan quashing rumors of the former's health scare.Social networking platforms were abuzz with rumors ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Turki Khan: Changing society one step at a timeArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Dreams ambitions and determination have no limits dedication to those three traits can take that dreamer ambition-seeker and determined young man or woman to places he or she ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Exploring fine art through pencilArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Qatar lifts 22nd Arabian Gulf CupArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Qatar rallied to get the better of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the 22nd Arabia Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh Wednesday night.Playing ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Al Kabeer climbs to No. 2 after honors sweep in Globe CupArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) One mighty performance that saw Al Kabeer Frozen Foods sweep honors had the defending champion moving up the leaderboard after the eighth week in the Thursday League 12th ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Al-Taib wins Fastest Car Race 2014 in RiyadhArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Ahmed Al-Taib a Saudi topped the Fastest Car Race 2014 which was organized at Dirab Park racetrack in Riyadh. Al-Taib won the race in a Porsche 911 Turbo which is characterized ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help