State Run Newspapers Department

State Run Newspapers Department for the first time established within the framework of Ministry of Information and Culture in 1391. Earlier to this, state newspapers carried out their activities under independent departments.

State Run Newspapers Department at the outset had 5 newspapers and a magazine as follow:

-         Anis

-         Eslah

-         Hewad

-         Kabul Times

-         Watandaran

-         Anis Kodak magazine

In 1395, implementing based on a new design and draft; Watandaran (compatriots) newspaper started its publication as a magazine. Since, the start of that year, Watandaran Magazine has publishes in five languages’:  Uzbeki, Turkmeni, Balouchi, Pashai and Noorustani.

The first director of state run newspapers department, Dr. Shamsul Haq  Arianfar assigned on August 5th 1395  after successfully passing competition exam launched by Administrative Reform Commission and still carrying his duties as the head of that department.

The total number of staff and personnel serving in State Run Newspapers Department is 173 people who carrying out their duties in eight sections as follow Anis, Hewad, Eslah, Kabul Times, Watandaran, Afghan Advertisements, Anis Kodak and website.


During the period, state run newspapers department, besides improving the status of newspapers both in quality and in quantity for better public awareness has implemented in practice the following plans and programs successfully:

1.     In the first place, the state run newspapers department for timely informing people, decided to send the newspapers to the most remote areas of the country as soon as possible. For achieving this noble goal, signed contracts with private transport companies to transport the dailies timely to the five zones of the country as follow:


Eastern zone: Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nooristan provinces

Southern zone: Logar, Paktia, Paktikan and Khost provinces

Northern zone: Samangan, Balkh, Juzjan, Faryab and Sar- i- Pul provinces

Northeast zone: Baghlan, Kunduz, Takhar and Badakhshan provinces.

Central zone: Parwan, Kapisa and Panjsheer provinces.

Performing this program, the newspapers early in morning sent to the above-mentioned provinces early in the morning and reached the provinces at two or three pm in the afternoon. The newspapers to the rest of the provinces sent via transportation post. The program was very effective, unfortunately after an year and half due to lack of budget it ceased.

2.     For ridding uniformity Anis, Hewad and Eslah have made to cover all state events and decided to the three newspapers to make their publications in specific fields as follow:


Anis as a political newspaper discuss political issues

Hewad mostly focus on economic issues and release and economic events and economic achievements

Eslah should be a social and cultural newspaper and publish relevant social, cultural, and family subjects


3. The directors of information and culture of provinces invited to Kabul to participate in a three-day workshop held at the hall of ministry of information in culture in 1392.  At the workshop, discussing a series of issues, prepared a draft for cooperation of provincial departments of information and culture to the Medias of the center in order to timely convey the relevant stories, reports, interviews, introducing scientific and cultural figures and historical sites of the province for attracting tourists, cooperate the state owned newspapers in the capital. In this

way, relations between people and media further strengthen across the country.

4.      For capacity building of media, training programs launched. Workshops on photography and journalism fields and preparing precise reports and conducting interviews conducted. In each phase of the program, more the 30 staffs participated.

5.     A proposal for reaching at least two newspapers with twenty thousand copies to the people across the country presented to the president of the country. Implementing the proposal in practice, it predicted that Afghanistan like other developed countries of the region would own newspapers that reach across the country.

6.     To uniform and observing journalistic ways of writing, a guideline on writing for press prepared and put at the disposal of writers and the staff of newspapers.

7.     For better serving the culture and literature of languages of the country, it was decided the Watandaran newspaper to start its publication as 5 independent magazines. From the first month of 1395, the magazines monthly published in UZbeki, Turmeni, Baluchi, Pashai and Nuristani languages. The magazines besides reflecting the most important events of the country introduce the culture, history, traditions, and spiritual assists of various ethnic groups living brotherly in the country.

8.        For the first time internet site of state run newspapers designed, and established. Presently Anis, Hewad, Eslah, Kabul Times and Watandaran magazinez in Uzbeki, Turkmeni, Baluchi, Pashai and Nuristani languages and Anis Kodak are available for study, in the address:

9.     During this period, more than 20 staffs of this department have sent to India, China, and South Korea for training.

10. The dailies which had no permission of releasing advertisements, now, their annual incomes from publishing advertisements reaches 30 million Afghanis

11.  The department of newspapers has also presented a draft to the presidency, if it endorsed by the president, it will provide 50% of expenditures of the dailies and this way pave the ground for the publication of cross – country newspapers mentioned above, free of charge.

12.Administration reform has completely implemented in the department of newspapers.

13.  The dailies after long years, for the first partially have equipped with technical means in 1395.