By Mick Krever, CNN
“We’ve made tremendous gains,” Afghan media mogul Saad Mohseni told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “The country doesn’t want to change. The people have grown accustomed to media, to television, to mobile phones.”
Under Taliban rule, there was no television at all – just a radio station playing an endless loop of Islamic prayers and government propaganda.
Now, Tolo TV, which Mohseni launched in 2004, is a staple of Afghan life. It has a 24-hour news channel, but also “Afghan Star,” a singing competition complete with sarcastic judges and text-message voting.
Mhoseni is unapologetic about the impact the media has on Afghan life.
“It facilitates social change,” he said. “It allows society to let off steam.”