Cell Phones to Take On Taliban Propaganda in Afghanistan

Published October 10, 2008

| London Times

A plan to use mobile phones to combat Taliban propaganda in Afghanistan is being considered by the British government.

Cell phones would be distributed by non-governmental organizations to Afghans so that they could make and share their own videos to contradict the prevailing Taliban message, according to a BBC report.

Anti-Western films already circulate on Afghanistan's estimated six million cell phones and are spread among the country's half-million Internet users.

The new media plan, said to be devised by an outside consultant to the Foreign Office, envisages having up to 100 short films made by Afghans ready in time for a film festival next summer, according to the BBC.

Whitehall officials say the aim is to deprive the Taliban of its virtual monopoly on propaganda using new media.

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