This year’s winner of ‘2005 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize’ is Afghanistan’s main privately-owned TV station, Tolo TV. It was founded by an Afghan-Australian media group, Moby Capital Partners, and broadcasts very independent news and music programmes that contrast with the dry style of the government tv station. Since Tolo’s October 2004 launch, the religious authorities have called its programmes “immoral and anti-Islamic” and are pressing very hard for the station to be banned.
Despite these threats, Tolo TV continues and has just started the first talk-show for Afghan women, called “Bonu.”
The ‘2005 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize’ goes to a media outlet that exemplifies the battle for the right to inform the public and to be informed.
Reporters Without Borders – 7 December 2005:
‘The 13th annual Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize’