Freedom of Speech and Circulation of Information in the State-run Media of Afghanistan
12 Mar, 2015

Many consider freedom of speech and growth of media as the greatest achievements in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The country may have the most liberal media law in the entire region. Backed by this law and support from international community, over 1,300 media outlets are currently operating throughout the country. Furthermore, millions of Afghans are freely connected through social media networks and international media with each other and to the rest of the world.

Fourteen years into the new chapter marked by splendid media boom and remarkable freedom of expression, to what extent have freedom of speech and freedom of action been institutionalized in state-run media? This report looks at the extent to which state-run media have benefited from this achievement. This will open the way toward answering another fundamental question: Have the current achievements in freedom of speech in Afghanistan resulted from government’s efforts?

Another purpose of this report is to show the extent to which state media have fulfilled their professional responsibility in circulating information among people.

Therefore, the current report examines performance of state-run media from two perspectives: First, it will look at the extent of freedom of speech and freedom of action in state media – which has external factors behind it. Second, it will examine how standardized the information content of state media are. The latter is in facet a critique of state media internal factors – directors and managers.