Since the beginning of the Karzai regime in 2002, twenty Afghan journalists have been murdered, and more than 200 violent physical attacks against journalists have been logged. Scores have fled Afghanistan after receiving threats against them and their families. Journalists have been sentenced to death, and several remain in jail after being arrested for their work. Radio and television stations, print media, and Internet services have been attacked, blocked, damaged, and even burned to (...)
Freedom of Speech
Censorship in Afghanistan: Death to journalists
11 March 2010, by Robert Maier
News reports on Afghan "war on terror" highly suspect
20 February 2010, by Farooq Sulehria
Since Afghanistan has plunged into chaos, Peshawar has become a favourite destination for journalists arriving from all over the world to cover the Afghan war. Capital of Pakistan’s Frontier province, Peshawar is the gate way to Afghanistan. It takes an hour’s zigzag drive through bushy hills to reaches border post at Torkham. From Torkham, it takes almost three hours to Kabul. A fascinating place surrounded by steep dry hills, Torkham daily receives thousands of people arriving from (...)
Kabulpress.org website banned by Iranian government
1 January 2010, by Robert Maier
Kabulpress.org has received numerous messages from contributors in Iran that it can no longer be accessed in Iran. Normally, Kabulpress.org’s pages are viewed more than 35,000 times in Iran, and Kabulpress.org is an important alternate news and information source for many Iranians.
Blocking of Kabulpress.org in Iran is likely correlated with the government’s violent attacks on pro-democracy demonstrators which have been occurring in Iran over the past week.
Kabul Press condemns this action (...)
Wars and disputed elections: The most dangerous stories for journalists
30 December 2009
76 journalists killed (60 in 2008)
33 journalists kidnapped
573 journalists arrested
1456 physically assaulted
570 media censored 157 journalists fled their countries
1 blogger died in prison 151 bloggers and cyber-dissidents arrested
61 physically assaulted
60 countries affected by online censorship
Two appalling events marked 2009: one was the largest ever massacre of journalists in a single day – a total of 30 killed – by the private militia of a governor in the (...)
Parwiz Kambakhsh released from prison
7 September 2009
Parwiz Kambakhsh, the 20-year old student/journalist who was first sentenced to death, then secretly sentenced to 20 years in prison last December has been freed and has left Afghanistan. Sources told Kabul Press that Parwiz was released from prison several days ago to visit with his family, then was taken to an unknown destination outside Afghanistan. It is unlikely that he will return to Afghanistan any time soon due to threats against him and his family for his alleged “blasphemy” for (...)
Afghanistan: Journalists caught between government, Taliban
12 August 2009, by Amnesty International
Days before the Afghan presidential elections, journalists from thirteen provinces in Afghanistan have told Amnesty International that they had recently been threatened by Afghan government officials because of their critical reporting. At the same time, the Taleban and other anti-government groups have also stepped up attacks against journalists and blocked nearly all reporting from areas under their control. “Afghans have made government corruption and failure to implement the rule (...)
Letter asks presidential candidates to pledge to advance press freedom
1 August 2009
Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Afghanistan’s leading presidential candidates – including Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, Ramazan Bashardost and Sayed Jalal Karim – urging them to give a clear undertaking to ensure that press freedom becomes firmly rooted in the everyday life of Afghans. The election is due to take place on 20 August.
The letter asked them to publicly express their concern about a recent wave of press freedom violations, pointing out that the threats (...)
2009 Freedom to Create Prize Launch International Prize for Artists on the Frontlines Enters Second Year
27 July 2009
Following the success of last year’s inaugural prize, the 2009 Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize is announced in London. This unique prize honours artists on the frontlines who promote social justice, build foundations for open societies and inspire the human spirit.
Commenting on the launch Orient Global Chairman, Richard F. Chandler, said: “History shows that prosperous societies are founded upon creativity. Societies that encourage artistic expression build strong foundations for (...)
Kabul Press website officially blocked in Afghanistan by Afghan government
19 July 2009, by Robert Maier
Sources in Afghanistan have confirmed that www.kabulpress.org is now being officially filtered by the Afghan Ministry of Communication on Internet connections in Afghanistan. In a recent letter to the Afghan Ministry of Culture, the Communication Ministry was ordered to filter several news and politics websites that were deemed harmful to Afghan culture, and should not be seen by the people of Afghanistan. Kabulpress.org was the primary target of the ban.
Kabulpress.org is one of the most (...)
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21 June 2009, by Editorial Staff
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