Media Bias And Its Implications

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Media bias and its implications in Afghanistan

Alia Sharifi,
SID, Heller
18 October 2014


The term "media bias" implies a pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism and is mostly a perceived notion that the press has and is pushing a specific viewpoint, instead of reporting news or airing programs in an objective way. Such bias often refers to media as a whole, such as a newspaper chain, or a given television or radio network, instead of individual reporters or writers of television shows (Wise GEEK, 2014). The two main common media biases are political and religious: Political bias has been a feature of the mass media since its birth with the invention of the printing press. The expense of early printing equipment restricted media production to a limited number of people. Historians have found that publishers often served the interests of powerful social groups (Heinrichs, 2005, 53). In Afghanistan, the most commonly discussed form of political bias occurs when the media support or attack a particular political party, candidate, or ideology. The media are often accused of bias favoring the majority religion, or attacking the majority religion. In Afghanistan, only reporting approved by the state religion is permitted and any critical statements about Islam are considered hate crimes and are illegal. Laws ban material that is deemed to be against Islamic law and some private stations have angered religious
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