Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 11, 2018 An Afghan media watchdog says that 2017 was the “bloodiest” year ever for journalists and other media personnel working in Afghanistan, with the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant groups being blamed for much of the violence. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said in a report released on January
Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA News January 3, 2018 WASHINGTON — Last year was the deadliest since 2016 for journalists in Afghanistan, with 21 reporters being killed in the line of duty, a new report, released by Nai, a nongovernmental organization advocating for open media in Afghanistan, claims. Abdul Mujib Khelwatgar, the chief executive officer of Nai told
Atlantic Council: Afghanistan’s first female-oriented, female-run station, Zan TV, started operations in May of 2017. It is the brainchild of media entrepreneur Hamid Samar, who provides 100 percent private funding. All reporters, anchors, and, most importantly, news content decision makers, are women. Click here to read more (external link).
Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 10, 2017 The Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) militant group might be foes on the battlefield in Afghanistan, but off it they are united against a common enemy: the Afghan media. Both extremist groups have threatened and deliberately targeted major TV and radio stations and their staff
Tolo News: Speaking at an event to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Kabul on Thursday, the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) said Afghanistan is the second worst country in the world for journalists. According to the journalist’s safety committee, 10 journalists have been killed so far this year and
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 19, 2017 Zan TV is Afghanistan’s first and only TV station run by and for women. When it went on air in May, some Afghans doubted that it would succeed. Five months on, the station’s ratings are soaring. RFE/RL’s Frud Bezhan met some of the professionals who are braving the
VOA News July 25, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Ten journalists have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year in militant attacks plotted by the Taliban and Islamic State loyalists, a media monitoring group said. Violence during the first six months of 2017 also wounded 12 journalists, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said in a report
Gulf News: Zeerak the bespectacled orange muppet is the latest innovation from Sesame Street in Afghanistan: a children’s TV character who reveres his educated older sister, brought on to screens to show a new generation that a woman’s place is beyond the home. Click here to read more (external link).
LA Times: Mohammad Mohaqeq has been doing something unusual in Afghan politics: posting pictures of wife Waheeda on social media. In one recent image, the senior government official poses beside her and their 7-year-old daughter, Hadiya, in front of a crystal-clear lake in the northern province of Bamian. Click here to read more (external link).
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,