CJR: In 1985… [US] Congress approved a $500,000 grant for the United States Information Agency, a department devoted to “public diplomacy,” to establish a journalism school for Afghan rebels. According to Alvin Snyder, who worked for the agency at the time, arming guerrillas with minicams was a simple, cost-effective way to deliver press attention. “Imagine the
Shapur Saber Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 18, 2018 Afghanistan was already considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, a consequence of decades of war and religious extremism. But for some Afghan journalists, the risks have been amplified after a cleric in the western city of Herat recently
Tolo News: Several media institutions in Afghanistan on Sunday raised concerns over what they described as government’s deliberate attempts to impose restrictions on live coverage of terrorism-related violence in the country. They said government was trying to censor the media. Click here to read more (external link).
Politico: Profile of Saad Mohseni. The son of an exiled Afghan diplomat, Mohseni started his career managing investment portfolios in Australia before moving to London to oversee fixed income and derivatives trading. After the fall of the Taliban, he flew with a brother to Kabul, where they heard that radio licenses were being auctioned. Putting
Mike Eckel Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 30, 2018 Two years before his death, Shah Marai, the chief Kabul-based photographer for the French news agency Agence France-Presse, pondered the hopelessness that he said had descended on his native country of Afghanistan. “The signs of war have all but disappeared,” Marai wrote in the 2016 blog
Ayaz Gul VOA News April 30, 2018 ISLAMABAD — A twin suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul Monday killed at least 26 people, including nine journalists. At least 50 other people were wounded, including five journalists. Islamic State through its “Amaq” news agency claimed responsibility for the deadliest ever assault on media workers in Afghanistan. Local
Tolo News: Reporters Without Borders, also known as RSF, released its latest index on Press Freedom on Wednesday, noting an increase in hatred against journalists around the world. It also placed Afghanistan at 118 out of 180 countries – an improvement of two points against last year. Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands were in the top
Nieman: Business DNA, a new English-language financial magazine launched by a Kabul-based consulting firm Pearl Horizon, is setting its sights on potential readers with a business interest in stories about growing industries in Afghanistan, hoping a fresh lens will encourage entrepreneurship within the country and investment in new businesses. Click here to read more (external link).
Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA News March 29, 2018 Afghan photojournalist Massoud Hossaini, who has been working for the Associated Press in Kabul, said he survived what he called an assassination attempt Thursday. Hossaini won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography in 2012 after capturing the image of a crying girl in the aftermath of
VOA News February 21, 2018 Mohammad Habibzada WASHINGTON / BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN — In an effort to find new ways of financing their insurgency, Taliban rebels have turned to local media for taxation and threatened news outlets in central Afghanistan with punitive measures if they refuse to give in to the militant group’s demands. The Taliban has