• Report launch & discussion: Afghanistan in the British Print Media

Report launch & discussion: Afghanistan in the British Print Media

24 June 2014


BAAG commissioned student researchers from the London School of Economics to analyse the British print media’s coverage of Afghanistan from late 2008 to late 2013.  Their findings revealed what BAAG and many others suspected – that the dominant narrative reported to the public is of the war, with very little (only 4.3%) coverage focused on the aid and development efforts.  

Why do Afghan humanitarian and development issues receive so little coverage? What does this mean for the future of international support to Afghanistan, at a time when troops are withdrawing, new governments are forming and progress remains fragile?

Hosted by Sir Robert Smith, MP and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Afghanistan, in this session the report findings will be presented and a panel of development will then discuss these and take questions from guests. 


Mark Bowden - Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Afghanistan, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme.

Samira Hamidi - Independent consultant on women's issues, previously Programme & Advocacy Director of the Empowerment Centre for Women and Director of the Afghan Women’s Network.  

Hameed Hakimi - Coordinator of the Afghanistan Project and a Researcher in the Asia Programme at Chatham House. 


Venue: Committee Room 16, Houses of Parliament, London

Time: 3-4pm

Cost: Free

If you would like to attend this event you must RSVP to jenny.humphreys@baag.org.uk