The media of Afghanistan – a vision for the future

Over sixty Afghan and international media representatives will join together this week for a Media Review and Planning Conference.
Representatives from television, print and radio outlets will join with media development agencies, Government ministers, media analysts and press officers on Wednesday the 14 and Thursday 15 June to assess the status of independent media in Afghanistan and plan for the future.
“This kind of strategic planning is long coming,” said Mujeeb Khelwatgar, Executive Director of Nai an Afghan media development agency supporting open media.
“We have all be so consumed by the set up and survival of new media outlets, now for the first time we have found the time to review where we have come from and to look forward to find a shared vision for the media of Afghanistan” says Khelwatgar.
According to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, 350 independent and state run magazines and newspapers regularly publish throughout Afghanistan, alongside 50 radio stations and at least 16 T.V. stations.
“Media management, regulation and sustainability will be key focuses of the planning session” said Jan McArthur, Country Director of Internews, Afghanistan.
Fifteen Afghan and international representatives met in Paris in March this year to devise a “long-term media development strategy,” however the upcoming conference will be the first time such a large group has met in Afghanistan to jointly contribute to strategic planning in the media sector.
The Media Review and Planning Conference is being facilitated by Internews Afghanistan and funded by USAID.
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For more information contact Sarah Mason:
sarah.mason@internews.org
phone +93 (0)799 141 507


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