Sunday, October 28, 2012

Psy-ops: Tuning the Afghans into radio

By Caroline Wyatt
Defence correspondent, BBC News

The rights and wrongs of growing opium poppies may not be the usual stuff of radio station phone-ins, but Radio Tamadoun is different. In Helmand, a young DJ plays the latest Afghan music before inviting listeners to phone in with their opinions on everything from farming and local healthcare, to politicians and the government. Requests for songs can be left in a letterbox outside the military camp gates, and listeners are quick to complain if the station goes off air.Welcome to the world of psychological operations, and Radio Tamadoun, or Radio Civilisation.

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