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Promoting Democracy by Strengthening the Media - Deutsche Welle

Promoting Democracy by Strengthening the Media - Deutsche Welle

want to know. First of

want to know. First of all, it becomes clear that nobody knows where Mount Everest is. “Maybe somewhere in Africa?” And secondly: “Legs amputated”? That’s an everyday sight in Kabul.” War casualties who struggle Eberhard Sucker through life without wheelchairs, crutches or health insurance. Finally, we come to an agreement. If we can’t find any other “soft news”, then the climber would be a suitable way to end the program. After all the deaths and disasters and suchlike, the principle of hope would be a welcome addition to the diversity of the program. Another piece of news goes unmentioned in the editorial meeting. It’s a report from China: the enormous Three Gorges Dam has been completed. The world’s biggest hydroelectric power plant will deliver as much electricity as 15 to 20 nuclear power stations. But the project is extremely controversial. Thousands of villages had to be flooded and more than a million people relocated. Reuters has also sent us pictures from China. Pictures of the dam and an interview with a man who criticizes the Chinese government and its policy of building a dam. The Chinese man, Fu Xiancai, complains that like many others, he has yet to receive

the compensation he was promised for relocating. “I’ve been to Beijing fifteen times to complain to the central government. I’ve been to the local and provincial governments more than fifty times. I never got any help. On the contrary: I was threatened and beaten.” The material is sensational. But nobody in the editorial team grasps the political explosiveness of his statements. We discuss the subject in several ways: “Why could this story also be interesting for Afghanistan?” It’s about energy policies, environmental protection and above all, about democracy and freedom of expression. All these are issues in the Afghanistan of today and tomorrow as well. “What’s happening in other countries?” “What does this mean for Afghanistan?” By the end of this editorial meeting we could easily fill a half-hour program. Now it’s time to set priorities and part with certain stories. To give the program gravity and an identity. It will start with Iran’s nuclear program, unfortunately the demonstrations in Montenegro have to go, instead Iraq and China, among others, stay in. And in the end the New Zealander with both legs amputated not only makes it to the top of Mount Everest, he also makes it onto Afghanistan’s international news program. The principle of hope has prevailed, at least for this bulletin. (top) Applying the final touches to the presenter’s scripts; (bottom) In the RTA TV control room just before the program goes to air 33

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