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Afghanistan media assessment : opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding

Author: Eran Fraenkel; Emrys Schoemaker; Sheldon Himelfarb; United States Institute of Peace.
Publisher: Washington, DC : U.S. Institute of Peace, 2010.
Series: Peaceworks, no. 68.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The media sector can play a key role in helping fragile nations transition out of conflict. International agencies acknowledge this potential and invest considerable resources in trying to establish media outlets that are editorially free and financially independent. Typically, donors do not establish a timeframe in which to achieve a free and independent media sector in any fragile nation. This open-ended approach  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eran Fraenkel; Emrys Schoemaker; Sheldon Himelfarb; United States Institute of Peace.
OCLC Number: 696005824
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed on January 10, 2011).
"December 2010."
Description: 1 online resource (40 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
Media in Afghanistan. Working hypothesis --
Field interviews --
Information insecurity --
Media outlets --
Regulatory environment --
Economy --
International support for Afghan media --
Media training --
Media and community outreach --
A new development approach --
Recommended media interventions. Media as a tool --
Media as a target --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Peaceworks, no. 68.
Responsibility: Eran Fraenkel, Emrys Schoemaker, Sheldon Himelfarb.

Abstract:

The media sector can play a key role in helping fragile nations transition out of conflict. International agencies acknowledge this potential and invest considerable resources in trying to establish media outlets that are editorially free and financially independent. Typically, donors do not establish a timeframe in which to achieve a free and independent media sector in any fragile nation. This open-ended approach to media development has been tried in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, and, after nearly a decade, it has failed to yield anticipated results. A new media assessment tool developed by USIP combines elements of a traditional media assessment with a conflict analysis to provide a concrete and realistic understanding of how media can advance social stability and peace in any nation in conflict. The authors assessed the Afghanistan media sector using this tool, and they present their key findings and recommendations in this report. Based on their holistic assessment, the authors recommend a fundamental shift in the approach to media development in Afghanistan. They urge funders to move away from an open-ended strategy of creating a free and independent media sector. In its place, the authors recommend that funders support specific content-driven interventions that promote social stability objectives as defined by Afghans themselves.

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