The Guardian (UK): When Radio Shaista goes silent, you know the Taliban are close. The female-run radio station was looted and wrecked when the group captured Kunduz, Afghanistan’s embattled northern city, in 2015, sending journalists fleeing. Even after the Taliban were routed, female journalists have been on guard, if they ever returned, that is. Zarghoona Hassan,
Reuters: Zan TV (“Women’s TV”) launches on Sunday (May 21) with an all-female staff of presenters and producers, following a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media. Click here to read more (external link).
Press TV May 17, 2017 Afghan security forces have engaged three gunmen who have attacked a state radio and television building in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province. The gunmen began the Wednesday attack by detonating a bomb and managed to enter the state-run radio and television building in the provincial capital Jalalabad. The building is close to
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Afghanistan is also among the states classified as “red” for press freedom. RSF says that “the courageous efforts” by Afghan journalists to fulfill their reporting mission are frustrated by constant security threats posed by the Taliban and Islamic State extremists. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday addressed a press conference in Kabul after a week-long tour to the Asia-Pacific region and briefed journalists on the outcomes of his visit to Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. However, Ghani took questions from journalists but refused to respond to a question by TOLOnews reporter Sharif Amiri about rule of
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 8, 2017 Reporters Without Borders has launched a center to protect women journalists in Afghanistan, the second-most dangerous country for female reporters after Syria. The center will lobby for better working conditions and rights for women reporters, including combating discrimination in the workplace. It will also work to change perceptions
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