Posted: 23 Apr 2010 Print Send a link
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, 20 Apr 2010, Ebrahim Gilani: "The launch of a Persian language television channel by Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan has been postponed yet again despite an announcement in March that it was imminent. The Iranian ambassador to Tajikistan, Ali-Asghar Sherdoost, told the semi-official Mehr News Agency on March 20 that the first broadcast of the channel would take place that night with the official launch a few days later. A month on, and there is still no announcement about the channel starting up. ... One of the major issues around the launch of the venture is the difference in the broadcasting policies of the three countries since Afghan and Tajik media are open and liberal compared to Iran. ... A former senior official at Radio Television Afghanistan, RTA, speaking on condition of anonymity, says that the main concern for the Afghans is possible Iranian efforts to use the channel to promote their political and ideological views. He questioned the need for joint investment in the project, with the risk of conflict over the content, when Iran already has a number of satellite channels." See previous post about same subject.