Radio Khyber: alternative to mullahs and RFE/RL.

Posted: 16 Mar 2009   Print   Send a link
"Radio Khyber, launched in 2006 with government support, provides an alternative to the hard-line clerics with its medley of local news, talk shows, and music. But it treads carefully, trying to avoid backlash from either the militants – who criticize the playing of music – or the Pakistani government, which dislikes its news coverage in this sensitive region. ... The Pashto-language broadcasts of Radio Pakistan are not transmitted throughout FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas]... . In any case, 'where they are heard, they're viewed with suspicion because they promote the national viewpoint without acknowledging the diversity of listenership.' Residents of FATA are thus forced to choose between Radio Azadi, the Afghan Service of Radio Free Europe that broadcasts from Afghanistan, and the illegal transmissions of FM mullahs. ... Not surprisingly, many are calling in to Radio Khyber instead." Huma Yusuf, Christian Science Monitor, 13 March 2009.