Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 19, 2017 The European Union is urging all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to “do their utmost” to protect press reporters,after a media watchdog said 2016 was the country’s “bloodiest year for journalists and media” in history. “Freedom of the Media is key to any democracy — critical media
Reuters: Filmmaker Hassan Fazili fled Afghanistan last year in search of a home where he could speak freely after the Taliban threatened him with death over one of his movies. But Fazili, who moved to Serbia, will nevertheless be voiceless at a German film festival next week, when his work will be screened but he cannot
Tolo News: In his speech to members of 209 Shaheen Army Corps on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani spoke out against Afghan TV channels and said that TV networks blow “hot air” while you (security forces) blow bombs. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 4, 2016 Officials in Afghanistan say a roadside bomb has killed an Afghan journalist and wounded another in the southern province of Helmand. The explosion took place in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah on November 4. Police said the blast killed Naimatullah Zaheer, a reporter with the Aryana news
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 2, 2016 One journalist is being killed every five days as a result of their work, UNESCO reported on November 2. Of the 827 journalists killed in the last 10 years, 115 were killed last year, making 2015 the second-deadliest year of the decade for journalists, the report said. Syria
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 17, 2016 Afghan officials say unknown gunmen have shot dead a reporter in the southern province of Zabul. Zabul Province’s police chief, General Mirwais Noorzai, said Yaqoob Sharafat was killed late on October 16 in the provincial capital, Qalat. Sharafat was reportedly leaving a clinic with his wife when the
Ayaz Gul VOA News October 10, 2016 ISLAMABAD — Unknown gunmen have attacked and injured the editor-in-chief of a leading newspaper in Afghanistan, the latest such attack in a country where journalists are often subjected to violence and threats. The overnight attack on Abdul Saboor Sarir of the Kabul-based English daily Afghanistan Times took place in
Human Rights Watch: A purported recording of an encounter between members of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s security detail and a journalist is a troubling reminder of the fragility of the country’s hard-won media freedom. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Shahrbano Sadat, the young Afghan female film maker and director of Wolf and Sheep, which won a Cannes Film Festival prize earlier this year, has said that insecurity in the country was the reason she filmed the movie outside of the country. She says that with every film she works on there are dozens of
Human Rights Watch: Afghan authorities should urgently investigate allegations that security forces physically assaulted and detained journalists after violence broke out during a protest in central Bamiyan province on August 29, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The demonstrators had been organizing a protest about a major power transmission line during a visit to the area