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Thu October 6, 2011
The Budding Media in Afghanistan Amidst America's Longest War
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Ten years ago on Oct. 7, the U.S. dove into the conflict in
Afghanistan, a bloody war that the U.S. can claim as its longest and
one that has been labeled as the “forgotten war.” In three months of
initial fighting in 2001, major Afghan cities held by the Taliban
fell, but that never halted the bloodshed or high-profile deaths on
all sides. Although journalism began to take root again in the country in
2002, that growth was not without major hurdles and challenges.
A decade later, Afghanistan is still a dangerous place to be a
journalist or a political leader. This year marked the deaths of Osama
bin Laden in May, Ahmen Wali Karzai's in July and former president and
peace-keeper Burhanuddin Rabbani's just a few weeks ago.
This week on Global Journalist, our guests who have reported from
Afghanistan will discuss how the the violence in the country has
impacted the balance of power during the past 10 years and what that
means for reporters who are covering the region now and in the future.