The Voice of America should continue to use its transmitters in Afghanistan.
The USAGM has just relaunched a contract opportunity for the maintenance of “diesel” transmitters and generators installed in Afghanistan.
The request concerns the 16 FM broadcasting sites: located in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Asadabad, Remarque, Ghazni, Herat, Jalabad, Kandahar, Khost, Lowgar, Lagman, Lash kar Gah, Nuristan, Pakitka Sharan and Qalatet. As well as the Khost medium wave transmitter.
The USAGM AM site in Kabul would not be affected since it is operated by Afghan radio.
FB page Radios du Monde had previously reported that a tender had been launched in October 2021. However, this was withdrawn a few weeks later, following the Taliban takeover.
This tries to prove that an agreement would indeed have been reached between the US Government and the Taliban.
Michel Fremy to MWlist iog (2022-03-31)