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Media Roundtable: The Afghanistan Peace Deal & The Decline Of Print Journalism

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the US-Taliban peace deal and what it means for the population of Afghanistan. According to the UN, more than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in 2019.

We’ll also talk about the alarming loss of local newspapers and journalists across the US. Since 2004, almost 1,800 papers, including more than 60 dailies and 1,700 weeklies, have closed down.


Ali Latifi, independent journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan

Victor Pickard, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and author of Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society

A.C. Thompson, staff reporter with ProPublica

Web Resources:

The Guardian, Victor Pickard:American journalism is dying. Its survival requires public funds

CJR, Karl Pope: Beyond Facts: What the press can learn from its war against disinformation

The Washington Post, Katie Shepherd: New York Times hit for publishing op-ed by Taliban leader linked to ‘ruthless attacks’

The Article, Ali Latifi: In Afghanistan, a chance at peace is a welcome relief from war

Deutsche Welle, Ali Latifi: Afghanistan: One district's hope for lasting peace


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.