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“Helmand is my soul, my mother. I never want to leave”: Obituary for murdered journalist, Muhammad Aliyas Dayee, 1988-2020

Andrew Quilty

One of Afghanistan’s most respected journalists, Muhammad Aliyas Dayee, was killed in a targeted attack on 12 November in the Helmand capital, Lashkargah. Greatly admired and loved by colleagues and listeners to his radio reports alike, Dayee’s murder has raised questions about whether the profession is a viable one as the incidence of targeted killings […]

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Photographer in Jail: An example of arbitrary Afghan ‘justice’

Ehsan Qaane Kate Clark

President Ghani’s spokesman has told AAN that jailed Afghan photographer Najib Musafer will be released from Pul-e Charkhi, although he gave no date. Musafer took a photograph of girls parading in an Education Day ceremony seven years ago and sold it to a production company which turned it into an image advertising Etisalat telephones. One […]

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Afghaanse media negeerden aanslagen verkiezingsdag

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Radio 1 (Netherlands), 07 May 2014 The Dutch radio station discusses Afghan journalists’ decision not to report Taleban violence on Afghan election dsy. AAN’s Martine van Bijlert is quoted here (with audio stream): “In eerste instantie heeft het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken een heel laag aantal geweldsincidenten gegeven. Het ministerie van Defensie, om te laten zien […]

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Elections 2014 (17): Journalists argue over neutrality, patriotism and the E-Day blackout

Kate Clark

A debate has opened up on the role of the media during the Afghan presidential elections and its relationship with the Afghan state. It turns out that many journalists did not report or minimised reporting of Taleban attacks on election day – for a mix of political, patriotic and editorial reasons. In the days after, […]

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Media gains in jeopardy

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Deutsche Welle, 25 March 2014 In a primer for the Afghan elections, Deutsche Welle looks at the situation of the Afghan media. AAN's Sari Kouvo is quoted with cautioning against a too optimistic picture: "There is today a stronger sense of 'government control' and journalists fear that they may face reprisals if they criticize the government […]

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Här flyr Nils Horners misstänkta mördare

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Expressen (Sweden), 16 March 2014 In a follow-up report to the killing of Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabul – which contains a CCTV video of the two killers fleeing, on allegedly in a NDS uniform – , AAN's Kate Clark is quoted: "En av de som träffade Nils Horner i Kabul dagen före hans […]

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Swedish journalist Nils Horner murdered execution-style in Kabul

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The Independent, 11 March 2014 Reportng the assassination of a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul this morning, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted. "Kate Clark of the Kabul-based think-tank, Afghanistan Analysts Network, said it was too early to say if there is a trend for targeting westerners in the city, since the attack was unique and […]

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Rallies, Debate, Rain and Snow: The 2014 presidential election campaign starts

Kate Clark

The Afghan presidential election campaign has kicked off – two months before polling day. Candidates are showing a range of attitudes, from launching big, brash public rallies to a rather desultory ‘we start tomorrow’ attitude. With no evident frontrunner, it seems the campaign will involve a real attempt to win over voters and will be […]

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Candidates on Camera: Interviewing the next president of Afghanistan

Kate Clark

Although campaigning for the presidential elections does not officially start until February 2014, the media has started interviewing the eleven candidates. This is a time for journalists to find out their plans and try to elicit specific promises on what they will or will not do should they become president. Most candidates have pasts to […]

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A ‘Jihad on the Media’? Afghan journalists face the storm in insecure legal waters

Wazhma Samandary

Since the beginning of this year, pressure on the Afghan media has been increasing. It is coming from two fronts: politicians and officials who claim that any critical reporting of them (or people of their ‘class’) is “defamation” and a “disruption of the social order”, and from Islamic scholars and MPs who are repeatedly using heated rhetoric […]

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Guantanamo: The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same

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Human Rights Watch, 17 July 2013 HRW commentary on the dire conditions of prisoners in Guantanamo , among intrusive searches, force-feeding and the lack of commitment by President Obama to his repeated pledges for the closing of the prison.

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Taliban offer to trade U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan

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The Star, 21 June 2013 New hints at the possibility of a deal for exchanging prisoners made by the Taleban representatives in Qatar have rekindled hopes in the US of bringing home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, prisoner since 2009. The Taleban, on the other hand, ask for the release of some of their senior officials long […]

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