WHO WE ARE
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan works locally to empower independent media and promote
freedom of expression. Nai is an Afghan non-governmental organization established in 2005 with the
support of Internews Network. The original mission of Nai remains to build and promote a strong
independent media sector in Afghanistan through our work in the areas of training, advocacy and
Nai is a full member of Internews International, a network of 40 Internews organisations across
the world. Nai is currently run by USAID funds through Internews Network, and receives small
grants for projects from other donors.
Nai’s head office and training centre is in Kabul, with traning centers at Nai branches in each of
Afghanistan’s major provincial cities of Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat.
Nai offers practical training to journalists and those seeking to get a start in the media
industry in Afghanistan. We have recently gained registration of the Nai Media Institute with the
Government of Afghanistan and will soon expand our range of training courses. See our training
section for more detail about the NMI or if you are interested in enrolling in one of our courses.
Nai fulfills its advocacy mission through a range of activities. Nai lobbies government to reform
laws affecting the rights of journalist; builds networks with provincial journalists and media
workers; holds media sector forums and campaigns for public awareness of the role of the media in
Nai’s Media Watch unit has been tracking and publishing threats against media workers across the
country for the past ten years and recently launched an interactive online data map representing
its comprehensive research.
This year Nai published “Journalists in Afghanistan”, a book compiling the ten years of reports on
violations of the rights of media workers. Nai has recently completed the research for the first
nation-wide media directory which will soon be publicly available. Contact us if you have any
questions about Nai.
Nai in other Media
The year 2012 was the deadliest on record for journalists with 88 people killed due to their profession, according to the French-based NGO, Reporters without Borders.
Washington Journal for Tuesday, February 5
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