Afghanistan: The War Against Journalists

CFE Virtual Forum Series: #2 in CFE Series: Threats to Press Freedom

Wednesday April 6, 2022 4:00pm to 5:30pm

In the world’s longest-lasting war, Afghan journalists faced kidnappings and killings while combating the propaganda on all sides to get at the truth of the tragedy unfolding. That period led to a flowering of independent media and a new prominence for women journalists. With the Taliban’s return to power, journalists again face censorship, beatings, imprisonment, and closures. Many – especially women – have been forced to flee while others fight on. What is the future of media freedoms in Afghanistan and what can be done to help its journalists?

Co-sponsored by Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, PEN Canada, World Press Freedom Canada


  • Sadaf Ahmadzai, Reporter with Pajhwok Afghan News Agency; Editor and Trainer, Educational Social Cultural Organization
  • Shakor Kamran, Award-winning Afghan investigative journalist. Reported for TV, radio and online media organizations, including Pajhwok and TOLO News
  • Makia Monir, Journalist and editor for Radio-Television Afghanistan, Pajhwok Afghan News Agency, Internews and Voice of America
  • Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director,  Journalists for Human Rights
  • Shogofa Sediqi, Afghan journalist, Director Zan TV (Women TV) Network


  • Julian Sher, award-winning Investigative Journalist and Author, former Senior Producer of CBC’s the fifth estate, directed the recent documentary Ghosts of Afghanistan

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