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
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:
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.
Currently, a 12-member team of journalists and media freedom activists based in Kabul, Herat and some other provinces are leading AFJC.
Most of the funding so far comes from personal donations and membership fees of the board of directors.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and write to us for what you need the materials. We will send the demanded materials on your email if approved.
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.