The Media of Afghanistan: Challenges of Transition
Shirazuddin Siddiqi, Country Director for Afghanistan, BBC Media Action; and Co-author, The Media of Afghanistan: the challenges of transition
Jonathan Steele, Columnist and Foreign Correspondent, The Guardian
Horia Mosadiq, Afghanistan Researcher, Amnesty International
Chair: Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The Afghan media is widely regarded as a success story. In a short period of time, the country has developed a commercially profitable, increasingly professional, vibrant and popular media. However, the independence, energy and character of the sector have been substantially enabled by the support of international donors, and that support is now being cut back.
This event, taking place shortly before the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan on July 8, will present the findings of a policy briefing report, The Media of Afghanistan: the challenges of transition, by BBC Media Action. The speakers will examine what the transition in 2014 might mean for a sector that has the potential to shape Afghan opinion and hold government to account but now faces considerable uncertainty.