The media of Afghanistan: The challenges of transition. Policy Briefing No. 5.

This briefing is part of a BBC Media Action series

Abstract

The media of Afghanistan, like all other sections of Afghanistan society, is undergoing transition. This briefing examines what transition might mean for a sector that has the potential to shape Afghan opinion and hold government to account but now faces considerable uncertainty. It comprises 6 parts:

  • Part 1 provides a brief overview of how Afghanistan’s media landscape has been transformed over the past decade.
  • Part 2 examines the effects of this transformation on Afghanistan’s culture and politics as media reflect the struggle between tradition and modernity.
  • Part 3 looks at the status and pressures facing journalism in the country.
  • Part 4 examines the role of donors in support to the Afghan media and the implications of a reduction in such support.
  • Part 5 examines the shortage of independent national media and the challenges faced by Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA).
  • Part 6 looks to the future and provides some conclusions drawn from the analysis.

Citation

Page, D.; Siddiqi, S. The media of Afghanistan: The challenges of transition. Policy Briefing No. 5. BBC Media Action, London, UK (2012) 28 pp.

The media of Afghanistan: The challenges of transition. Policy Briefing No. 5.

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