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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
20-05-2005 4:10 pm Musa Marufi, President of the Afghanistan’s newly created radio and television regulating authority, and Italy’s Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Margherita Boniver, will be among the participants in a panel debate on public service broadcasting in countries in transition. The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will open the panel, which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on May 24 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room IX).
Other participants who will share their experience of public service broadcasting in post-conflict situations or countries in transition are: Joe Thloloe Chair of South Africa’s National Editors Forum, Nadia Kerwat, of the Italian public broadcaster RAI’s project to assist the Iraqi public broadcasters, and Giacomo Mazzone, Assistant Secretary General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The event coincides with the launch of Radio Television of Afghanistan newsrooms in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar. The newsrooms were created as part of an Italian-funded UNESCO project to develop public broadcasting in post-war Afghanistan. The US$ 1.5 million project included the provision of training and equipment to professionals in Afghanistan.

Freedom of expression and media development have been at the centre of UNESCO’s activities in countries emerging from conflict and civil war. The Organization’s Communication and Information Sector has carried out such projects in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Liberia, Rwanda; Sudan, South Eastern Europe and Palestine, working in cooperation with donors and NGOs.

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