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Advisory board

Sediqullah Tuhidi

Head of Media watch, NAI, Kabul

 

 

 


Danesh Karokhel

Editor-in-chief, Pajhwok Afghan News, Kabul

 

 

 


Omar Nesar,

Director, Centre for Contemporary Afghan Studies, Moscow

 

 


Imam Mohammad Warimach, Freelance journalist

 

 

 

 


Khalil Parsa

Coordinator, Civil Society Institutions Network, Herat

 

 


Aziz Hakimi,

Editor-in-chief, Afghanistan Monitor, London

 

 

 


Mohammad Nabi Waqar

Deputy Country Director, International Legal Foundation, Kabull

 

 

 


Executive board

Provinces Representatives

Provinces representatives

Mohammad Hasan Khetab

Kabul

Tel:0774 141 041

 


Pedram Qazizada

Herat

Tel:0700 444 490

 


Nawaid Nazari

Helmand

Tel:0700 680 796

 


Azizullah Popal 

Kandahar

Tel:0700 355 801

 


Ahmad Wali Sarhadi

Zabul

Tel:

 

 


Noorajan Baheer

Khoost

Tel:0708 198 389

 


Zirk Fahim

Nangarhar

 

 


Rahmatullah Alizada

Ghazni

Tel:0798 816 124


Ahmad Hanayesh

Parwan

Tel:0706 638 066

 


Shir Mohammad Jahesh

Baghlan

Tel: 0799 045 881


Mokhtar Wafayee

Balkh

Tel: 0774 991 340

 

 


 

Atila Noori

Sar-e-Pul

Tel: 0700 150 254

 


Zafar Bamiani

Bamian

Tel: 0772 417 242

 


Ala e din Mohammadi

Ghor

Tel: 0729 346 654

 

 


Rahmatulalh Raha

Faryab

Tel:

 

 


 

Sayed Mohammad Anwar Shahab

DaiKundi

Tel: 0708 137 266

 


Safar Safi

Kunar

Tel:

 


Ehsanullah Mahjoor

Paktia

Tel: 0706 838 393

 


Abdul Mutalleb Hamed


Tel: 0700 230 914

Kapisa


Mohebullah Wakilzada

Noorestan

Tel:

 


Aziz Tawakoli

Badghis

Tel: 0799 250 409

 


Homayoon Zaheen

Farah

Tel:

 

Executive board

Ahmad Quraishi 

Executive Director

 

 

 


Faisal Karimi

Deputy, Programs & Finance

 

 



Zabihullah Noori

Deputy, New initiatives and Development

 

 

 


Wahid Paikan

Coordinator, impunity & journalists assistance program

 

 

 


Mohammad Wais Khatab

Coordinator, Research and proposal

 

 


Yaqub Quraishi

Development coordinator

 

 

 


Homayoon Ghanizada

Program associate

 

 


Mohammad Aref Karimi

Program associate

 

 


Parwana Alizada

Program associate

 

 

 


Makia Monir

Program associate

 

 

 


Payanda Hekmat

Program associate

 

 


Ahmad Faisal Sahar

Web producer

 


Advisory Board

Provinces Representatives

Frequently Asked Questions

The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) is an independent, non-governmental, non-political and non-partisan organization working for promotion of freedom of expression under Afghanistan’s Media Law.

The center came into existence in June 16, 2009 officially licensed by the Ministry of Information and Culture under the name of ‘Center to support Journalists of Afghanistan’. In September 2011, the organization changed its name shortening it to ‘Afghanistan Journalists Center’ under the renewed license from the ministry.

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about AFJC:

Why AFJC was created?

Freedom of media is one of the tremendous achievements of the post-Taliban government. However, this achievement has been undermined by ongoing war, an unfriendly environment for establishment of democracy and a prevailing culture of warlordism in many areas has threatened development of the media.

Such continuing threats alarmed some journalists and media freedom activists to raise and defend freedom of expression in Afghanistan, establishing the Afghanistan Journalists Center.

Who runs AFJC?

Currently, a 12-member team of journalists and media freedom activists based in Kabul, Herat and some other provinces are leading AFJC.

How AFJC is funded?

Most of the funding so far comes from personal donations and membership fees of the board of directors.

What are the main AFJC activities?

Currently, AFJC organizes training courses and seminars for journalists to increase their awareness and skills of dealing with their rights. We also hold courses for building professional capacity of Afghan journalists.

Through our website, we offer a vriety of services such as news about national and international media and journalists, job opportunities in the media industry, information and announcement of educational opportunities for journalists, studies and information for improving professional knowledge of Afghan journalists as well as journalistic ethics. The site in three languages, Pashto, Dari and English keeps an eye on media development across Afghanistan.

Articles aimed at promotion of freedom of journalists and advocating for media freedom. It also publishes statements and studies on the status of Afghan media and individual journalistic cases.

This is the first comprehensive website in Afghanistan with a broad coverage and regularly updated news and information on the Afghan media developments. The portal works as a key tool for promoting awareness about the Afghan media and journalists and as an important outlet for lobbying for journalists’ rights and freedom of expression.

From what sources AFJC gets the information?

AFJC has a hard-working network of journalists stationed in various provinces of Afghanistan who work voluntarily. They report what goes around with regard to media developments and journalists. The information is collected, verified, coordinated and published on the website. They are then discussed with relevant government officials and national and international partners if necessary.

When and how to contact AFJC?

When a journalist faces an incident related to his/her job or if he needs information about the general conditions for freedom of expression in a specific area or needs a guidance how to deal with a particular media-related incident, he/she can contact AFJC. Go to the Contact us tab on our website and send us an email or call us on the given numbers.

What kinds of incidents AFJC cover?

Threats by known rights violators and less-known violators, stress elements and factional political lobbyers try to suppress the nascent democracy and freedom of media. There are annually dozens of various kinds of cases of threats to media from psychological pressure to murders.

AFJC publishes all such cases after getting them verified and put them forward to relevant entities.

How to receive materials published on AFJC website?

Please contact us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and write to us for what you need the materials. We will send the demanded materials on your email if approved.

How to use/reprint materials published on AFJC website?

You can use, reprint and copy materials published on AFJC website exactly as they are by mentioning the source. If you can email us about where the materials were reprinted, used or copied that will be a further help.

Our mission

The Afghanistan Journalists’ Center (AFJC) is an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan body operating across Afghanistan under the country’s Mass Media Law.

This center was established in June 2009 after getting operation license from the Ministry of Information and Culture under the name of Center to Support Journalists of Afghanistan (CSJA). Its name was modified in September 2011 on request from the Executive Board of the center which was approved by the ministry of Information and Culture by issuing a renewed license.

AFJC works to defend rights of Afghan journalists and ensure freedom of expression in Afghanistan.

We aim at:

  • Bringing in a network of proactive journalists from across the country as a united body
  • Protecting rights of journalists and media people and acting as a sincere representative of the Afghan journalists in face of challenges and threats against them
  • Providing professional training for Afghan journalists
  • Providing information, news, reports and awareness materials for journalists and media activists on issues concerning the media people
  • Organizing conferences and seminars for media/rights activists with an aim to exchange views on how to effectively tackle challenges ahead of freedom of expression and journalists.
  • Monitoring and to develop the codes of ethics
  • Honoring brave professional and proactive journalists