New York, July 31, 2002—Three weeks after it was refused a radio license, the independent Tajik news agency Asia Plus was informed that it will receive permission to broadcast—and become the first private broadcaster to serve the capital, Dushanbe.
On July 29, Tajik president Imomali Rakhmonov met with Umed Babakhanov, director of Asia Plus, and said he would instruct the State Committee for Television and Radio to issue the license that Asia Plus has sought for four years.
New York, July 19, 2002—After delaying its decision for nearly four years, the Tajik government last week refused a broadcast license to the independent media agency Asia Plus.
Asia Plus applied in August 1998 to open a radio station in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, where only state-run television and radio stations operate. The agency received a brief reply from the State Committee for Television and Radio on July 8, 2002, stating that a second radio station in Dushanbe was "unnecessary."