Emerging Citizen Journalists Live Report on the Afghan Elections

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By: Rebecca Chao | Tech President

Eileen Guo, an American entrepreneur in Afghanistan, tells techPresident she often gets asked why she is launching an online citizen journalism project in a county with only a 5 percent Internet penetration rate.

Saturday’s election, slated to yield one of the country’s first democratic transitions to power, provides a strong case in point: the Independent Election Commission has estimated that an overwhelming 7 million turned up at the polls and its chairman Yusuf Nuristani has called it a “sign of the political maturity of the people.”

That maturity is also revealing itself in Afghanistan’s media and online community, which Guo is trying to channel into a citizen journalism project, one that she hopes will counter mainstream media’s often one-sided war-torn portrayal of Afghanistan as well as provide a place for civic engagement.

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