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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Blogging in Afghanistan

Global Voices Online have interviewed Afghan blogger Nasim Fekrat. Nasim talks about a couple of new media projects in Afghanistan and the obstacles that must be overcome in order to keep a blog going in the country:
  • "When journalists want to say something freely, they may be forced and intimidated by a local governor who was previously a fighter and commander. Meanwhile, the government in the capital is weak and doesn't have the ability to help journalists."
  • "We Afghan bloggers face severe conditions. We always have power outages. That is normal here. Within 24 hours we have 5 hours electricity, but also periodical outages."
  • "Bloggers in Afghanistan are really poor, and I am sure international organizations could help us...Second-hand computers, laptops, cameras and flash disks would be a big help."

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