The Media Line: The Afghan government has appointed the first female director-general for its state-run film production company, Afghan Film Organization (AFO). Sahraa Karimi, 36, is a prominent filmmaker in her own right. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field and has directed more than 30 films. She is the only woman from
Reuters: While some Afghan journalists say its accuracy is patchy, and its opponents accuse it of spreading “fake news”, the Taliban’s slick media operation has emerged as a key weapon in the information war that often leaves the Western-backed government and its U.S. partners struggling to catch up. Click here to read more (external link).
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan May 11, 2019 KABUL — Afghan officials say prominent former television journalist Mena Mangal has been shot dead in Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Raimi said Mangal was shot dead in Kabul’s 8th district early on May 11 as she was waiting for a car. Witnesses to the shooting near
Tolo News: Journalists said security threats and lack of access to information are among big challenges for them. An official of Ministry of Information and Culture said that at least 100 media outlets have canceled their licenses over the past two years as the World Press Freedom Day was marked in Kabul on Friday. According to
1TV: The editor-in-chief of 1TV and senior journalist, Abdullah Khenjani, said that he was beaten up and briefly detained by the security guards of President Protective Service (PPS) as he was supposed to attend an off the record discussion at the Government Media Information Center on Monday. Click here to read more (external link). Related Video
Human Rights Watch: The role Afghanistan’s vibrant media plays in public life represents one of the most significant changes that have taken place in the country since 2001. But that achievement is under threat, as journalists face growing intimidation and violence from both state and non-state actors. Click here to read more (external link).
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By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan March 17, 2019 KABUL — An affiliate of the Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the killing on March 15 of an Afghan TV journalist in the eastern province of Khost. The group did not say in its March 17 statement why it targeted Sultan Mahmoud Khirkhwa, a
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan February 6, 2019 Two journalists have been shot and killed after unidentified gunmen stormed a radio station in northeastern Afghanistan, their colleagues and officials say, the latest deadly attack on reporters in the war-torn country. Shafiq Arya and Rahimullah Rahmani, both in their 20s, died at the scene, said Semin Hussaini,
Ariana: The Taliban executed a journalist (Javid Noori) who was traveling on a bus with around 30 other passengers in western Farah province when it was stopped and searched at a Taliban roadblock, Reporters without Borders (RSF) said in a statement. Click here to read more (external link). Related Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday reiterated