Afghan social media war steps up

By The News:

Afghanistan’s intensifying war by social media has stepped up a notch with free speech activists launching a campaign using Twitter and Facebook to fight wide confusion over competing Nato and Taliban claims, as well as looming government media curbs.

Foreign troops and insurgents have for years sparred on Twitter over the extent of victories against one another, while Afghan journalists are locked in a row with their government over press freedoms and new media laws.

“Social media is a free tool to use to transfer information without the influences of the government, warlords, or Talibs,” said Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, executive director of Afghan media advocacy group Nai, launching the new campaign on Sunday… Read more

 

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