Blog: Afghan donors must address media repression

5 Jul

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, is welcomed by Japan's Emperor Akihito in Tokyo in 2010. Japan is one of Afghanistan's biggest donors. (AP/Koji Sasahara)

One thing that had better be high on the agenda this weekend
at the meeting of 70 or so international aid donors for Afghanistan in Tokyo is
the recently
released official draft version
of the Mass Media Law (a copy of the draft
can be found here).
I mentioned the new draft in a June blog, “Afghan
media is under political and economic pressure
.” The real thing is even
worse than expected. 

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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