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T h e subjects include social, economic, cultural and political affairs and Afghan geography, history and art. Baihaqi also publishes books which are awarded State prizes in the annual competitions. During the period 1970-74 it published eighty-five titles. Publications Department This department, which has a pivotal role, is responsible for supervising the publication of all newspapers, periodicals and magazines in Afghanistan, and the cultural contacts the ministry maintains with foreign countries.

A. degree in journalism from Kabul University. M a n y of these, and most of the technicians, have also trained abroad, especially in the Federal Republic of Germany, with which Radio Afghanistan has a co-operation agreement. T h e radio is also financially and technically assisted by the Federal Republic of Germany. Radio Afghanistan has a monthly magazine called Pashtoon Zhagh. Television T h e government is considering the financing of a national television station, designed by NHK of Japan.

In s o m e cases, newspapers are a shop’s primary occupation; in others, they represent merely part of its business. In a n effort to raise standards, the government, in co-operation with the University of Kabul, has encouraged training for professional journalists. T h e Ministry of Information and Culture employs many of the graduates of the Department of Journalism of K a b u l University. As a result of this policy, most of the nation’s editors, as well as reporters for the national and the provincial press, are graduates in journalism.

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