Sunday, January 11, 2015
It appears that Afghanistan will have a new radio station. According to Twitter tweets by the MoI spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi @moispokesman, the radio station will be run by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and used to engage and inform the Afghan public in anti-terrorism and anti-crime efforts.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
An Afghan newspaper is in hot water for publishing an article that offended religious leaders and government officials in Afghanistan. Evidently it was a little too liberal in its writing of religious affairs. Read more in "New Afghan government investigates newspaper for blasphemous article", The Washington Post, October 22, 2014.
Monday, October 27, 2014
If you think that the U.S. media has stopped covering Afghanistan then you are spot on. Every day when I compile my Afghan War News Newsletter I scour the news services for news snippets, reports, and documentaries on Afghanistan. Sometimes the news is just not there due to lack of coverage on the part of the media. One of the primary sources for news coverage is the Department of Defense's news service. If you look closely the Department of Defense news service is practically ignoring Afghanistan as a topic. For instance, if you go to the "Latest Stories in DoD News" (see www.defense.gov/news/articles.aspx) you will see news stories listed for the past month. An examination of the news stories from 1 to 26 October 2014 reveals about 164 news stories listed in chronological order. 40 news stories were about the conflict with ISIS, 22 news stories about Ebola, and ONE news story was about Afghanistan. Hmmmmm.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
There are a small number of female Afghan journalists. They face a number of obstacles in their work - among them threats from the Taliban and intimidation from conservative members of Afghan society. Read more in "Some Female Afghan Journalists Slip Back Behind the Burqa", Voice of America, October 11, 2014.
Friday, January 31, 2014
President Karzai has stopped the ads bought by ISAF (or USAID) and provided by a little-known firm called "Ad Village" (website now unavailable) and aired on Afghan television and radio. The ads were designed to encourage President Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement. Read more in "Afghanistan Cracks Down on TV Campaign Promoting U.S. Troops Presence in Country", The Huffington Post, January 22, 2014.