18 March 2015
KABUL: Marking the national Journalist’s Day, Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) honored Sediqullah Tauhidi with the AFJC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of a distinguished career committed to excellence and integrity in journalism on March 18 in Kabul.
By the initiative of AFJC, March 18 was named as national Journalist’s Day and was celebrated in Kabul and other cities of Afghanistan to acknowledge the significant role of journalists in strengthening of a delivered democracy.
Talking to the event, Ahmad Quraishi, Director of Afghanistan Journalists Center said, violations against journalists and media activists show 29 increase in comparison to the previous year. In 1393 solar year (2015) at least 103 violation incidents against journalists have been recorded, while in 1392 the record was down to 80 incidents.
In 1393, six journalists and media activists died, five of whom including two women were killed, and only one died because of serious injuries in a suicide attack, he added
According to AFJC report, in 1393, a total of 16 journalists and media activists have been injured in fighting or explosion sites, 17 have been detained for up to 48 hours, and four have served several week long imprisonment terms. Furthermore, 40 incidents of physical violations particularly beating, 13 incidents of verbal assault and insult, and seven incidents of threats mostly by the security forces and government authorities have been recorded across Afghanistan in the last 12 months.
The event was attended by officials from the Ministry of Information and Culture, media support groups and journalists. Speakers explained the achievements of media in Afghanistan as well as faced challenges.
During this event, The Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award was presented to Mr. Mujahid Kakar for years of distinguished contributions in journalism and outstanding performance and dedication in his profession.
Many are familiar with the voice and face of TOLOnews reporter Mujahid Kakar. Kakar was recently diagnosed with blood cancer and is currently in Germany for treatment. He currently is in a medically induced coma due to lung failure--as a result of chemotherapy--the past two weeks.
According to Kakar's doctors, his condition has slightly improved in the past two days and are hoping for a gradual recovery.
"Our good colleague Mujahid Kakar is still under intensive care in one of the hospitals in Aachen, Germany," Head of TOLOnews Lotfullah Najafizada said.
The annual Afghanistan Journalists Center Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Afghanistan.
Individuals who have worked in any type of media (print, broadcast, digital) and in any journalism category (news, business, politics, cartoon, arts, etc.) are eligible for consideration. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others.
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 in risk in reporting.