Female journalists in Afghanistan are calling on Kabul to include their representative at peace talks to ensure media and women’s rights are protected Related ‘Terrible days ahead’: Afghan women fear the return of the Taliban
1TV: Kabul police arrested an 11-member Taliban cell behind the killing of former TV presenter Yama Siawash, Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said Wednesday. Siawash, who formerly worked at the private TOLO News channel, was killed when the vehicle carrying him was bombed in Kabul in November last year. Click here to read more
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News April 1, 2021 ISLAMABAD – The Afghan Taliban are deliberately targeting, intimidating and killing journalists, particularly women, according to a new report issued Thursday by an international rights group as well as VOA’s own research. Human Rights Watch found militant commanders in areas under Taliban influence use direct threats and violence to try
Ayaz Gul VOA News March 16, 2021 ISLAMABAD – A global rights monitor is urging authorities in Afghanistan to launch investigations into recent targeted killings of civilians in prominent positions, and to prosecute those responsible. The latest incident of targeted attacks on civilians came Tuesday when gunmen ambushed a bus carrying university staff in northeastern
By Said Sabir Ibrahimi Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 13, 2021 Public opinion around the world unanimously and rightly condemned the heinous assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the hand of his own government, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Istanbul in 2018. The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) conducted a thorough investigation that concluded, “Mr.
Jeff Seldin VOA News March 10, 2021 WASHINGTON – Any hope for a political settlement and peaceful end to two decades of war in Afghanistan remains under significant threat from rising violence, both at the hands of the Taliban and from multiple terrorist and extremist organizations, as well as from the Afghan government’s inability to
Radio Free Afghanistan February 28, 2021 The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says that a Taliban commander killed three family members of a slain journalist in the central province of Ghor. Journalist Bismillah Adel Aimaq, the editor-in-chief of a private radio station in Ghor Province, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on January 1.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 26, 2021 Three family members of a slain journalist in western Afghanistan have been shot dead by gunmen amid a rising wave of killings targeting journalists and civil society activists. At least five others were wounded in the attack late on February 25 on the home of Afghan journalist and
By Radio Free Afghanistan February 15, 2021 The United Nations said at least 65 journalists and human rights activists have been killed in Afghanistan in the past three years in a series of targeted killings. The UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan said in a report released on February 15 that the number includes 32 human rights defenders and
A weekly newspaper run by a team of female journalists is thriving in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, despite threats against journalists in parts of the country. Gulrahim Niazman from VOA’s Afghan service has more in the report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.