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Type: Journal article
Title: Radio, politics and trust in Afghanistan
Author: Skuse, A.
Citation: Gazette (Print Edition), 2002; 64(3):267-279
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1748-0485
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Andrew Skuse
Abstract: This article examines the sociohistorical role of radio broadcasting in Afghanistan and analyses the interplay between the radio choices of the audience, political change and conflict. Though never explicitly trusted as a credible information source, the popularity of national radio in Afghanistan was critically weakened following the Communist revolution of 1978 and subsequent abuse of broadcasting under successive Afghan Communist regimes. Analysis highlights how the audience's thirst for unbiased information resulted in a substantial majority turning to the BBC World Service, this international service being perceived as a far more trustworthy and credible alternative. Discussion of the social history of Radio Afghanistan, the Taliban's Voice of Radio Shari'at and the BBC World Service serves to highlight the propagandist media machinery of the Communist era, the radical media policies of the Taliban regime and the value attributed to the BBC's current news reporting. In an example of the global becoming the local, the article concludes by examining how the BBC World Service has become the dominant radio broadcaster in Afghanistan and the extent to which this position is based on the quality of their outputs or their self-promotional discourses concerning impartiality.
Description: © 2002 SAGE Publications
RMID: 0020021154
DOI: 10.1177/17480485020640030401
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