Afghanistan / 2014

In Afghanistan, gunmen attack Pajhwok News journalist

September 10, 2014 3:07 PM ET

Unidentified gunmen fired shots at Azizullah Hamdard, a reporter for the independent Kabul-based Pajhwok News agency on August 2, 2014, according to news reports. The attack took place near the journalist's home in Kabul, the capital. The gunmen fled the scene immediately. Hamdard sought treatment at a local hospital for...

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Times correspondent ordered out of Afghanistan

August 20, 2014 12:02 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Afghan government's decision to expel and ban New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg from the country. The country's attorney general accused Rosenberg today of publishing a story "considered divisive and contrary to the national interest, security and stability of...

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New York Times reporter barred from leaving Afghanistan

August 19, 2014 12:02 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports today that Afghan authorities have banned New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg from leaving the country, according to news reports. Rosenberg is based in Kabul and Washington. His most recent story, published on Monday, alleged that some...

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Pakistani reporter sentenced to 4-year prison term in Afghanistan

July 14, 2014 4:12 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2014--A Pakistani television journalist was convicted on charges of travelling to Afghanistan without travel documents and sentenced to four years in prison, Pakistani officials said on Sunday. He had initially been accused of spying by Afghan authorities, according to news reports....

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CPJ condemns attack on AP journalists in Afghanistan

April 4, 2014 8:20 AM ET

New York, April 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalist mourns the loss of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and the wounding of AP reporter Kathy Gannon in Khost, Afghanistan. The two were shot by an Afghan police officer who approached their car in an election convoy and opened fire...

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Afghan journalist among those dead in Kabul attack

March 21, 2014 5:07 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by an attack on Thursday night in Afghanistan in which Sardar Ahmad, a senior reporter for Agence France-Presse's Kabul bureau, was killed. Four gunmen stormed the Serena Hotel in Kabul during Nowruz celebrations, which marks the start of...

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British-Swedish journalist shot dead in Afghan capital

March 11, 2014 3:41 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's fatal shooting of an international journalist in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and calls on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are held responsible. The shooting comes amid mounting risks for foreigners in Kabul.  Two unidentified men approached Nils Horner, 51,...

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Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence

February 12, 2014 2:19 AM ET

Coverage of rape can bring journalists swift and unpredictable repercussions, but it can also change attitudes. By Frank Smyth...

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Afghan Journalists Steadfast as International Withdrawal Approaches

February 12, 2014 1:41 AM ET

As they look toward the next era of uncertainty, reporters in Afghanistan express a sense of determination to build on what they have achieved. By Bob Dietz An Afghan man marks his application for voter registration in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 16, 2013. Journalists' future may hinge on the presidential...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Afghanistan

February 12, 2014 1:39 AM ET

As the country moved toward the elections scheduled for April 2014, and international military and development aid decreased, journalists were under mounting pressure. Threats and harassment came from all sides—the government, the military, state security organizations, insurgent groups, and regional and ethnic power brokers seeking a return to power. While...

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