21 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-631

RC-W holds first journalism course for local press

HERAT PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Giampaolo Cadalanu, a journalist with Italy’s “la Repubblica,” speaks with Afghan journalists during a recent course designed to help improve the formation of journalism in Afghanistan. (ISAF photo)

KABUL, Afghanistan — ISAF’s Regional Command-West recently held the first course for local journalists with the help of the Italian Defence Staff.

Giampaolo Cadalanu, a journalist with Italy’s “la Repubblica,” guided the classes with the intent to improve the formation of journalism in Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Paolo Serra, RC-West commander, first mentioned the possibility of promoting journalism during an interview with an Afghan reporter soon after taking command in early October.

In addition to the course, ISAF’s Herat Provincial Reconstruction Team has supported the local press through improving their offices and providing furniture, computers, printers and scanners.

The goal is to help develop the Afghan society through the promotion of a free and democratic press.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/