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The Killid Group

About Us

About TKG

The Killid Group (TKG) is an independent, Afghan public media group made of eight local Radios and two weekly nation-wide magazines, established by the Development & Humanitarian Services for Afghanistan (DHSA) in 2002. The group's editorial policy embraces one main concept: Afghan ownership of Afghanistan's process, and is committed to one principle: people's right to be informed and to be heard, which is the basis for good governance, accountability and transparency. To fulfill the concept and the principle we are forging a TKG focus and style, ruled by high quality, in-depth, timely, accurate and balanced reporting together with a creative selection of story-ideas.


TKG operates under DHSA’s administrative and legal framework. DHSA has been operating throughout Afghanistan since 1992 as a trusted and effective partner for a wide range of local and international organizations.

DHSA operates five divisions: Public Media (namely TKG); Humanitarian (working as UNHCR’s shelter partner in Northern Afghanistan); Education (teacher training and accelerated learning with USAID in Khost and Daikundi); Cultural Heritage (rehabilitation of historic sites and music festivals); and Environmental Protection (through public communication).



Mission statement

TKG’s mission is to enhance public access to critical information, promote civic media, freedom of speech and open discourse, and raise public awareness through its extensive network of radio, print and production assets in association with local, national and international partners. TKG was first established with the support of USAID and the EC which invested in the start-up and professional capacity building of the project over a two year process between 2002 and 2006. Today, TKG is largely self-sustainable through public communication contracts and advertising sales which go back into project development and capacity building.

TKG utilizes a variety of platforms to achieve its mission from book and magazine publishing, civic radio, regular trainings of TKG and other Afghan media journalist’s on human rights and war crimes investigative reporting techniques, production of original web content, co-sponsorship of conferences and workshops on media and development, by giving a consistent platform for voices of reason in Afghanistan to express themselves through TKG’s various communication platforms and by making its media resources available within all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.


TKG has a public service mandate. All production and broadcast costs sponsored by our donors will be utilized in an effort to maximize reach of any communication program to the intended beneficiaries.

TKG operates a network of eight radio stations in seven provinces, a strategic public communication division and a publishing house.
•    Broadcast media through radio and soon television,
•    Magazine and book publishing
•    Advocacy through strategic public communication.




Radio Killid Network

TKG operates the Radio Killid Network with local stations in Kabul, Mazar, Kandahar, Jelalabad,Ghazni, Khost and Herat.  In 2010 TKG launched Afghanistan’s first radio station dedicated to Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Radio Killid Network’s unique blend of public service-oriented programming (cultural, political, developmental and educational programs), news, entertainment and music reaches millions of listeners and many of its original programs and public service announcements are shared with other, smaller and financially strapped, community radio stations throughout rural Afghanistan. In an environment where the media was formerly controlled by the state, suppressed or nonexistent beyond city centers, the growth of TKG during Afghanistan’s critical transition from war to peace has served as a valuable asset for all those dedicated to building a peaceful and open society.
TKG’s audience reach is demographically, geographically and numerically broad. In addition to the Radio Killid Network, TKG manages a partnership of 28 affiliate stations across the country.


Publishing: TKG is proud to be the home of Afghanistan’s two highest circulation independent magazines, The Killid Magazine and Mursal, exclusive women’s weekly. The magazines are the only two publications to reach each of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces every week and have served as a valuable public communication and literacy tool for a nation where public libraries and newsstands are minimal at best.


Kabul Rock

Kabul Rock, FM 108, is not only Afghanistan’s but the entire regions (Central Asia, Iran, South Asia and Gulf) only 24/7 station dedicated to the promotion of rock, alternative music and indie rock. The station started testing its signal a year ago and was officially launched with live programming and music during Afghanistan’s Nawroz celebrations in March of 2010.
The station was first conceived by Melek Zimmer-Zahine and Shahir Zahine of DHSA/TKG as a means to fulfill their own desire and that of their teenage children to hear rock on the Afghan airwaves.
Once launched, the station quickly attracted a wide following, with both Afghans and foreigners in the community tuning into the station daily.
Melek and Shahir also believe that music and art, even rock music, is an essential ingredient for peace and development in Afghanistan.
The station is lucky to have the young men from Afghanistan’s biggest rock band, Kabul Dreams, manage the station giving it the heart and soul every rock radio station needs.
DHSA/TKG is proud to have recently sponsored Kabul Dreams first CD release, “I Wanna Run Away” as well as one of their concerts in Kabul.
As such, Kabul Rock’s goal is to make a wide range of rock music available to new and old listeners on Afghanistan’s radio airwaves while also promoting up and coming Indie Rock music artists such Kabul Dreams in Afghanistan and beyond.
In the months ahead and year ahead, we will strive to improve the stations playlist and talk-programs as well as profile the music of rock and indie rock artists from Pakistan, the Stans, Gulf and throughout the Middle East and Muslim World as a means to support the freedom of expression and creativity of the region’s vastly young populations.




Killid Magazine

Killid (the key) Magazine is Afghanistan’s most popular, highest circulation and most widely distributed independent printed press.
The magazine was first published in 2002 and has since grown from 3000 copies a week in Kabul to 25,000 copies to all 34 provinces of the country each week, making it the only independent press to reach the entire nation on a weekly basis.
Editorially the magazine has matured from being an easy to read, basic public information and literacy tool to one of the country’s most forward thinking and independent voices.
Like TKG itself, Killid Magazine’s policy is to embraces one main concept: Afghan ownership of Afghanistan’s process.
And is committed to one principle: people’s right to be informed and to be heard, which is the basis for good governance, accountability and transparency.
To fulfill the concept and the principle we are forging a TKG focus and style in the magazine, ruled by high quality, in-depth, timely, accurate and balanced reporting together with a creative selection of story-ideas.
The magazine offers news, analysis and commentary in Dari, Pashto and English.
The magazine costs 15 Afghanis to make it affordable to the average reader in Afghanistan. As such, a large part of its operational costs are subsidized by DHSA/TKG.
Killid Magazine has a full-time staff of 20 reporters, covering all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. The magazine coordinates its reporting with TKG’s radio division, the Radio Killid Network. In doing so, we maximize the reach of the magazines reporting to the public.
The magazine and its staff are constantly committed to capacity building and committed to evolving as time and resources permit.
In addition to being available in the market place, the magazine’s leading stories and hard hitting cartoons can be found on-line herein.



Mursal Women’s Magazine
Like Killid Magazine, Mursal is Afghanistan’s most popular, highest circulation and most widely distributed women and family focused independent press.
The magazine evolved as a free supplement to Killid Magazine and is now sold in the market place for X Afghanis.
Mursal means blossoming flower and like its namesake, the magazines writers and editors strive to be a voice of encouragement and support for women and girls all over Afghanistan.
The  mission of Mursal is to be a relevant, independent and accessible information and literacy tool for women in a nation where men are often in control of information and knowledge.
Like TKG itself, Mursal Magazine’s policy is to embraces one main concept: Afghan ownership of Afghanistan’s process.
And is committed to one principle: people’s right to be informed and to be heard, which is the basis for good governance, accountability and transparency.
To fulfill the concept and the principle we are forging a TKG focus and style in the magazine, ruled by high quality, in-depth, timely, accurate and balanced reporting together with a creative selection of story-ideas.
The magazine has a staff of 12 female reporters and like Killid Magazine it feeds the Radio Killid Network with its reporting in an effort to maximize its information and communication reach to the public.
The magazine and its staff are constantly committed to capacity building and committed to evolving as time and resources permit.



Public Communication: Since 2002, TKG has served as a reliable and creative communication and advocacy partner for numerous local, national and international partners. To date, TKG has produced a wide variety of public communication campaigns, public services announcements (PSA’s), talk shows, round table debates for radio and special editions of its two magazines covering topics ranging from domestic violence to HIV/AID’s, child protection, literacy and school attendance, agricultural innovations, to dangers of poppy cultivation and drug use.




Media Campaign Projects
In partnership with the UN, we have published/broadcasted via radio and print the following public communication related projects:

•    Youth Radio Training program, 2010, in partnership with DAI for qualified school graduates in Khogyani (Nangarhar), Sayed Abad (Maidan Wardak) and Urgun (Paktika);
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•    Child Rights Campaign, 2009, in partnership with UNICEF
•    Peace Day campaign with UNAMA   2007, 2008 and 2009.
•    Presidential Election campaign with UNDP/ECC 2009.
•    Election Complaints Commission, 2009, PSA’s for Killid and Mursal Magazines for the elections;
•    The Asia Foundation and Ministry of Women Affairs, 2009, Trafficking of Persons, broadcast of PSA’s;
•    Asia Foundation, 2009, Campaign to encourage women to register as candidates for provincial and presidential elections; PSA’s for radio
•    IFES, 2009, Production of election related PSA’s for radio and print;
•    Breastfeeding campaign with MoPH/UNICEF 2009
•    Crimes of War, What the Public Should Know (A manual of human rights law), 2008; Translated by TKG into Dari and Pashto and published and distributed throughout Afghanistan;
•    USAID/PADCO, 2007-2008, Production of radio dramas, news and market information for USAID radio partners in Badakhshan
•    MAIL, 2008, Production and broadcast of radio programs with an agricultural theme
•    EC, “Campaign against domestic violence,” 2006, production of round table debates, talk shows, dramas and special editions of magazines
•    Child marriages campaign with UNFPA  2005
•    Seasonal  campaign with UN WFP  2005
•    Parliamentary Election campaign with UNOPS/JEMB 2005
•    Publication of Killid weekly magazine UNAMA 2003
•    Access and Mobility project, UNOPS 2003
•    Bird Influenza campaign with MoPH/WHO