Asia-Plus: twenty years in Tajikistan’s media market!
Asia-Plus is an independent media group of the Republic of Tajikistan. The Asia-Plus Media Group includes News Agency, Publishing House and TV and Radio Company.
The Asia-Plus News Agency was registered with the Ministry of Justice in 1995 and the first edition of Agency’s information analytical bulletin in the English and Russian languages was published in April 1996. The Agency has its correspondent’s offices in all regions of Tajikistan. Today, news provided by the Asia-Plus News Agency are used by the Executive Office of the President of Tajikistan, the Parliament, ministries and agencies, banks, local big commercial companies as well as all the diplomatic missions accredited in Tajikistan and the majority of international organizations working in the country. The www.news.tj (www.asiaplus.tj) news portal is an absolute leader within the TJ domain registration area.
The Asia-Plus social and political newspaper has been published since January 2000. Reviewing the results of work of Tajik media outlets in 2000, the Ministry of Culture of Tajikistan recognized Asia-Plus as “the newspaper of the most efficient and authentic news.” In 2001, the newspaper was given the Lohuti Award instituted by the Tajik Journalists’ Union. Today, the newspaper has the highest circulation of any social and political newspaper in Tajikistan and holds a leading position in the local media market.
The VIPzone lifestyle magazine, a supplement of the Asia-Plus newspaper, has been published since March, 2008.
TV & Radio Company
Asia-Plus Radio (FM107) is the first independent radio station in Dushanbe. The radio station went on the air on September 9, 2002. It runs news bulletins in Tajik and Russian alternately on the hour, and plays music from all over the world. The radio broadcasts 24 hours per day and it covers Dushanbe, nearby districts as well as Khujand and Qurghon Teppa.
TV Production Studio is provided with the digital equipment DVCAM. The studio creates all types of video products, news items, documentary and educational films, public service announcements and music clips.
Independent School of Journalism
The Independent School of Journalism "Tajikistan - 21st Century" is a non-governmental organization founded by the Asia-Plus journalists in 1999. It is partner of the Asia-Plus Media Group for implementation of training programs. To-date, the School has conducted more than 200 training seminars on raising professionalism of journalists from all regions of the country. In recent years, the School has paid a special attention to development of multimedia journalism in Tajikistan.