Winning Hearts and Minds: A Critical Analysis of Independent Media Development in Afghanistan
Journal of International and Intercultural Communication
Utilizing a political economic framework, this study investigates the development and expansion of independent media in Afghanistan, focusing on one of the largest private media companies in the country, Moby Group. The company's approach to producing media is tied to its complex location as a translocal/transnational media entity. The company serves a unique population and navigates complex relationships locally and globally (operating in an emerging democratic state negotiating neoliberal market imperatives). This paper argues American-backed development of state-independent media and the rise of private companies such as Moby Group are part of larger geopolitical practices that further U.S. interests and the neoliberal agenda globally.
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Azeta Hatef & Tanner R. Cooke (2020) Winning hearts and minds: A critical analysis of independent media development in Afghanistan, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2020.1740764