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The Fearless Journalist Spotlighting Afghanistan's Women

March 8, 2017

Reporting on Taliban activities was a journalistic effort that was inherently dangerous. But for Afghanistan's Khaldea Khorsand, it was a life-or-death job that was deeply personal. A former correspondent for BBC Persia and Pajhwok—Afghanistan’s largest media outlet—Khorsand was one of the few women allowed to work during the Taliban's regime, and still had to play by its misogynistic rules while attempting to denounce them.

After the Taliban fell in 2001, Khorsand has studied the lingering effect that the regime still has on Afghanistan’s social, cultural, and economic realities. Today, she uses her unique position as a female writer and broadcaster to advocate for women’s equality, despite the constant threat of personal danger. Khorsand has been followed and threatened for her work, and endured three days of stalking after hosting a debate on the roles of religion and secularism in Afghan culture. But Khosand won’t let the spectre of intimidation dampen her commitment to broadening the opportunities for her nation’s girls and women. “If we are afraid all of the time,” she says, “we wouldn’t be able to carry on.”

Citing the country’s enduring poverty, widespread illiteracy, and extreme violence as the three most daunting hurdles facing today’s Afghanistan, Khorsand spotlights stories that will help promote a more compassionate, peaceful future for all, especially the women long-silenced by the Taliban’s distorted interpretations of Islamic law. Source: refinery29

Want to know more Khaldea's incredible story? Check out this up-close look at the women of Afghanistan's ongoing struggle for equality.

 

 

AFJC condemns police for beaten up a TV journalist in Herat


February 6, 2015
Afghanistan Journalists Center condemns the humiliation and beating of local Asia TV journalist on Friday by police in Herat.
Jamshid Hakkak has been beaten for breaking police-imposed ban on motorcycle driving in the city.
AFJC asks the local government to detain the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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AFJC condemns knife attack on a TV journalist in Herat

July 3, 2014

Herat: Afghanistan Journalists Center condemns violent knife attack on Saqi TV presenter in Herat city on Wednesday afternoon and calls on the local official to seriously pursue the case.

Tariq Nabi, head of Saqi TV told the Afghanistan Journalists Center that Edris was attacked by a man wielding a knife who stabbed him 10times outside the station.

Edris is said to be in good condition at city's main hospital but the Police is after the attacker who fled the scene shortly after d incident, he added.

Edris Amini hosts a challenging program on the Afghan elections since April 2014. The provincial Police is yet to ascertain the motive behind the attack.

Another case of violence happened at the same day in southern Ghazni province and local TV journalist, Rahmat MarjanKhil has beaten by Governor's bodyguards.

The governor Musa Khan Akbarzada regretted the beating of the journalist by his bodyguards and promised to award the perpetrators deterrent punishment.

 

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