Promoting Democracy by Strengthening the Media - Deutsche Welle
(top) DW-AKADEMIE trainers Ibrahimkhail Safiullah (left) and Andre Surén; (bottom) Setting up a new RTA satellite disk this reconstruction could only be successful in the long-term if the Afghans themselves were put in a position to produce quality television and radio for their compatriots on their own. Together, DW-AKADEMIE, DW-TV and the leadership of RTA drew up a concept for the step-by-step establishment of an international newsroom at RTA. And although there were many obstacles in the beginning: DW-AKADEMIE succeeded in training a group of young, inexperienced journalists in a short space of time, forming a professional team capable of producing daily programs of a high editorial and technical standard. Yet it is not clear where the future will lead. The conditions for high-quality journalism at RTA – as for so many development projects in Afghanistan overall – have deteriorated. This is not just because of the security situation in the country, but also because of the resurgence of anti-modern, anti-reformist forces in Afghan society, which reach up as far as government offices. The professional standards and globally-orientated cosmopolitanism for which the international newsroom stands are a thorn in the side of many opponents of reform.
EXCERPTS FROM THE JOURNALISM GUIDELINES OF THE PUBLIC BROADCASTER RTA As a broadcaster governed by public law, RTA (...) has the task of supporting the functionality of the state and putting the citizen in a position to understand and have a say in how the state works through its reporting and information. (...) To do this, its programming must reflect the diversity of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and portray the tasks and challenges facing the democratic state currently under construction. With the quality and plurality of its programming, RTA makes an essential contribution to democratic opinion-forming in Afghanistan. Ambitious efforts by Afghan journalists on location and in the studio 17