EU funds Afghan radio

By CHRIS WHITE, United Press International   |   Feb. 24, 2002 at 8:32 AM

BRUSSELS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- They have taken the name from the Hollywood movie set in war-torn Vietnam. 'Good Morning Afghanistan', a daily breakfast radio show funded by the European Union's executive the European Commission begins broadcasting from Kabul on Monday.

The program is claimed to be able to reach 80 percent of the Afghan population. It will focus on factual information, but will also provide for entertainment and education, the Commission said in a statement here Sunday.

Broadcast by Radio Afghanistan, the show will last two hours from 6.30 a.m. until 8.30 a.m. in the Pashtu and Dari languages. There will be an overlap between the two language broadcasts to allow discussion in both on the topical news of the day.

The aim of the radio show is to build confidence between ethnic groups in the country and 20 Afghan journalists will be involved.

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