NATO's Sada and Azadi West Radio competes with RFE/RL's Radio Azadi for the perhaps confused Afghanistan audience.

Posted: 23 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
International Security Assistance Force Afghaistan press release, 22 Apr 2010: "A NATO radio network station began broadcasting from Camp Arena recently, offering public-interest content to help local residents better understand the purpose of ISAF forces in Afghanistan. ... 'Sada and Azadi West Radio [The Voice of Freedom – West] ... relies entirely upon an Afghan journalism staff and offers objective information on Afghanistan to all the citizens of the four western provinces — to city dwellers and those living in more isolated communities.' ... The Task Force Commander, Maj. Renato Rocchetti, directs and manages the new radio station, which is manned by an Italian Air Force NCO and three local journalists. Other staff members will be added soon. The station was developed, with Italian funding, by the men and women of the Regional PSYOPS Support Element, composed by personnel of 28th Regiment 'Pavia', a unit specializing in operating communications equipment." Sada and Azadi West Radio is not to be confused with -- but probably will be confused with -- RFE/RL's Radio Azadi, a.k.a. Radio Free Afghanistan.