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November 12, 2014

Demonstrations held against newspaper in Afghanistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) have expressed concern over recent incidents surrounding the publication of an article in the Afghanistan Express daily. The English daily published an article on 'Islam of Taliban and ISIS' last week. According to reports, extremist Islamic scholars and Afghan Jihadi groups strongly criticised some parts of the article and subsequently there have been a number of... MORE
September 30, 2014

Jailed Pakistani journalist freed in Afghanistan

The Nangarhar High Court in eastern Afghanistan has ordered the release of a Pakistani television journalist imprisoned in the country since April 22, 2014. Faizullah Khan , a reporter of ARY News TV channel, was freed on Sunday, September 28 and handed over to the Pakistani diplomat in Jalalabad city. Khan was expected to return to Pakistan Monday via the Torkham border where he is to be received by office bearers of the PFUJ. Faizullah was reportedly freed on the orders from the Nangarhar... MORE
September 18, 2014

Female journalist brutally stabbed and murdered in Afghanistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) have condemned the brutal murder of a female journalist in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in the Balkh province of northern Afghanistan on September 16. An unidentified man repeatedly stabbed Palwasha Tokhi Miranzai , a journalist who worked for the Bayan-e-Shamal news network from 2008 to 2012. Miranzai had recently returned from completing her Master’s Degree in Thailand and was... MORE
August 7, 2014

Gunmen attack journalist in Afghanistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) condemn the attack on journalist Azizullah Hamdard on the night of August 2 in capital Kabul. According to reports, two unidentified men fired shots from a pistol at Hamdard, a reporter with Pajhwok News agency, and fled away leaving him with injuries in his left arm. He was admitted to Kabul Emergency Hospital for treatment after he was turned back by two other hospitals,... MORE
August 7, 2014

IFJ expresses concern for Afghanistan’s media after spate of threats and attacks

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) in expressing concern over a series of recent threats and intimidations issued at journalists and called on the Afghanistan government to do more to ensure media workers are safe to conduct their duties. On August 2, the head of police in Nangrahar province of Eastern Afghanistan threatened a TV reporter for asking him critical questions. The official also deleted... MORE
August 5, 2014

AP photojournalist’s killer sentenced to death in Afghanistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) have welcomed the verdict against the killer of AP photojournalist Anja Niedrignhaus as a blow to impunity to Afghanistan and the entrenched pattern of violence directed at both international and local media working within its borders. Naqibullah shot dead Niedrignhaus and injured Kathy Gannon , both working for Associated Press (AP), in eastern Afghanistan on April 4 during... MORE
July 18, 2014

Afghan radio journalist assassinated at home

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) have called for a thorough investigation into the shooting murder of radio journalist Khalid Agah Yaqubi this week. He is the fourth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan this year and marks a disturbing decline in journalist safety in the lead-up to and following the country’s presidential elections earlier this year. The Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC) reported... MORE
July 18, 2014

Journalist killed in Afghanistan; radio presenter murdered while children watched

The International Press Institute (IPI) on Friday called on authorities in Afghanistan to apprehend the assailants who gunned down a journalist at his home last weekend. The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFCJ) reported that Khalid Agha Yaqubi , 27, was killed on Saturday in northern Afghanistan. The AFCJ said Yaqubi was shot by assailants who had been searching for him and who opened fire after his child answered a knock at the door. Police said he sustained a gunshot wound to the throat and... MORE
July 17, 2014

Pakistani reporter sentenced to 4-year prison term in Afghanistan

A Pakistani television journalist was convicted on charges of travelling to Afghanistan without travel documents and sentenced to four years in prison, Pakistani officials said on Sunday. He had initially been accused of spying by Afghan authorities, according to news reports. An Afghan court in eastern Nangarhar province convicted Faizullah Khan , a reporter for the Karachi-based privately owned news channel ARY News, of illegally entering the country and sentenced him last week, ARY News... MORE
July 16, 2014

Afghan court jails Pakistani journalist for four years

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in its criticism of the harsh prison sentence imposed on TV journalist Faizullah Khan and is demanding the Afghan government immediately review the case with a view to granting Khan early release. On July 12 Khan, a reporter for ARY News TV based in Karachi, was sentenced to four years jail for entering Afghanistan without proper documentation. A local court in Jalalabad dropped espionage... MORE