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Said Nazir Afridi

Said Nazir Afridi

Biography

journalist from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, Said Nazir is the co-founder and director of Tribal News Network (TNN), a radio news agency providing news bulletins for eight radio stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA. Said and a colleague, Tayyeb Afridi, founded TNN in 2013 to produce balanced and accurate local news in Pashto, the dominant regional language, for the people of northern Pakistan. Said has built a team of over 40 journalists, including males and females, reporting from various parts of KP and FATA. Born and raised in Khyber Agency, Said received his masters in journalism and mass communications from the University of Peshawar. In May 2006, Said helped the FATA Secretariat establish Khyber Radio FM 91, the first-ever radio station in Khyber Agency, FATA. He was the station manager for seven years in the troubled region, and turned it into FATA’s first news channel in 2008. Despite cultural and religious sensitivities, Said introduced female reporters to Khyber Radio, and despite facing threats to his life, continued to cover sensitive issues such as militancy and the war on terror.  In 2014, Said was selected for the Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship program, sponsored by the US Department of State, and completed his year of leadership and professional development at the University of Maryland.

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