Tajik Parties Want More Media Access

As the February 2010 election draws closer, political parties in Tajikistan say they are not getting enough access to state-run TV and radio.

Tajik Parties Want More Media Access

As the February 2010 election draws closer, political parties in Tajikistan say they are not getting enough access to state-run TV and radio.

Tuesday, 22 September, 2009
Although most parties have their own newspapers, only the governing People’s Democratic Party manages to keep its press outlet going on a regular basis.



As Rahmatullo Odinaev reports, opposition parties complain that they are unable to increase their visibility in the national print and broadcast media, apart from the odd interview with one of their leaders in non-state newspaper.



Akosho Kabiri of the Islamic Rebirth Party says the free airtime that will be apportioned to each party ahead of next February’s parliamentary election will not enhance their visibility enough to give them a fighting chance.



Democratic Party vice-chairman Rahmatullo Valiev says that both during election campaigns and at other times, state broadcasters should be seeking comment from a range of political actors on all matters of importance.



Jorakhon Buriev, chief of staff of the People’s Democratic Party, says that even this, the party in power, does not get invited onto state television and radio programmes very often. He blames the policies of the state TV and radio committee. Instead, his party articulates its views mainly through its newspaper, Minbari Khalq.

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