New Tajik-Afghan-Iranian TV network under discussion

20/02/2009

Iran and Tajikistan are discussing the creation of a Tajik-Afghan-Iranian TV network with Iran providing the equipment, Afghanistan providing the air time, and Tajikistan providing the studios.
Tajik State Committee of TV and Radio Director Asadullo Rahmonov told RFE/RLís Tajik Service that the director of Iranian International Broadcasting arrived in Dushanbe on 17 February to discuss ways to strengthen the two countriesí partnership, which was established in 2007.
Experts say that the main obstacles to the launching of the network are Afghanistanís multilingual audiences and policy differences between the countries, such as Iranís insistence that female moderators wear the hijab. Rahmonov said he hopes that the sides can find a compromise on all issues.