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AFJC strongly condemns armed attack on Afghan Journalist Masoud Hosaini

March 29, 2018

Kabul: The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) strongly condemns armed attack on Associated Press chief photographer Masoud Hosaini and calls on the Afghan authorities for the immediate and effective investigation of the incident.

Mr. Hosaini told the media that he was driving to district 2th of Kabul city last night at around 7 pm when the car in which he was travelling was attacked by armed men and they opened three shots.

“Fortunately I manage to escape unhurt and after the attempt, the gunmen immediately escaped the scene.” He added

Masoud Hosaini is a Pulitzer Prizes winner covering sides of Afghanistan war including government and the insurgents for over 15 years.

The city police reached the crime scene soon after the incident was reported, collected evidence and started investigation after lodging a first information report against unknown assailants, an official at ministry of interior told Afghanistan Journalists Center

The Afghanistan Journalists Center executive director, Ahmad Quraishi expressed his concern over the attack on Mr. Hosaini

“Journalists have a right to carry out their work freely and without fear anywhere in the country. Journalism is not a crime, but attacking journalists is.” Said Mr. Quraishi

“I urge the Afghan authorities to take this incident very seriously. It is of crucial importance to immediately investigate this crime .All journalists must be protected from violence and intimidation. And there must be a clear and unequivocal commitment by the Afghan authorities to end impunity for attacks on journalists.” Mr. Quraishi added

Zamzama Niazi wins the ‘Afghanistan Journalist of the Year’ 2018 Award

March 22, 2018

Kabul: Zamzamah Niazi a journalist from the BBC Afghanistan has become the second female journalist to win the “Afghanistan Journalist of the year” award in a tough competition against tens of other journalists from around the country.

Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC) launched the “Afghanistan Journalists of the Year” award five years ago to appreciate the professionalism of Afghan journalists and to encourage them to adhere to internationally applied journalism standards in their coverage of events inside Afghanistan.

Ms. Niazi was deemed by the judges committee to have been outstanding in the year under review. She picked up the prize at the awards ceremony celebrating National Journalist’s Day on Monday March 19. Officials from the ministry of information and culture, media support groups and journalists from across the industry attended the event at Kabul Serena Hotel.

The journalists and media organization across Afghanistan were invited to nominate one story per person in the competition. The competition attracted dozens of entries from all around the country. The jury was impressed with the depth of experience contained in the state-winning entries.

Among 52 applicants participated in this competition, a total of 11 competitors from television, radio, print and online media have been recognized as outstanding journalists for their hard work in producing compelling stories in 2018 and Ms Zamzama Niazi received the highest score by the jury for her report on “Afghan women forced into marriage by a bullet”.

The story reveals an upsetting cultural practice in parts of Afghanistan where girls lose their legal right to marriage once a man comes to their house and starts firing guns and announcing that the girl became his.

“To think now that I have been finally recognized by the judges and I look at the list and see the extraordinary competition I was up against, it really does mean so much. Thank you so much I won’t forget this extraordinary and joyful moment,” said Ms Zamzama Niazi while receiving her award plate.

Highlighting the significant role that journalists play in the war torn Afghanistan, especially in the post-Taliban era, director of Afghanistan Journalists Center Mr. Ahmad Quraishi said, “Marking the national journalist’s day in a war-ravaged country is a significant move to recognize the efforts and dedication of reporters who put their life at risk while covering events and reporting on matters that can affect people’s lives”.

The event was supported by Roshan, the Afghanistan leading Telecom Development Company.

By the initiative of AFJC, March 18 was named as the National Journalist’s Day and was celebrated in Kabul and other cities of Afghanistan to acknowledge the significant role of journalists in strengthening of the free press and flow of fair, impartial and balanced information to the people that stands as an important pillar in a democratic society.

Since launching the award in 2014, two reporters from the BBC Afghanistan, two reporters from the country leading newspaper, Hasth-e-Subh and a female reporter from Ariana Television Network have won the prestigious award.

Afghanistan Journalist of the Year award competition is open to all Afghan journalists who work inside Afghanistan with any national or international media organizations. The calls for entry will be made in February every year at the Afghanistan Journalist Center website.

Journalists among the victims of Kabul suicide attack

December 28, 2017

Kabul: Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) strongly condemns the cowardly suicide bombing at the Afghan Voice News Agency (AVA) in Kabul, which saw at a journalist killed and about 10 other media staff injured.

The attack, which involved at least three explosions, occurred during a morning panel discussion with journalists on the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion at the Tebyan Social and Cultural Centre and It also hit the Afghan Voice News Agency (AVA) which has an office on the floor above, Sayed Hasan Hosaini Editor in-chief of AVA told AFJC

Sayed Mehdi Hosaini a journalist from Jomhor News agency killed in the attack, and 10 other journalists; 9 from Afghan Voice News Agency and one from Shamshad TV were wounded, he added

The interior ministry spokesperson told the news reports that at least 41 people, including four women and two children, had been killed and 84 wounded.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. The group-affiliated Amaq News Agency said the terror group carried out the attack the centre with a suicide bomber and other bombs.

“We strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack; this attack is a brazen assault not just on one news agency but on the entire media and free expression in Afghanistan,” Said Ahmad Quraishi, Executive Director of Afghanistan Journalists Center

We call on the Afghan government to strengthen its efforts to secure media organization and media workers' safety and to put in place all possible means to limit the risks, he added

This is the third deadly attack on media organizations in Afghanistan in 2017.  On November 7, IS gunmen attack on Shamshad TV station in Kabul, killed two people including an employee of the TV station  and injured 24 others including four firefighters.

On May 17, six people including four employee of the RTA state broadcaster were killed in IS raid on the Station in eastern Jalal Abad city.

 

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