Nai has been providing advocacy and support to the media industry in Afghanistan since 2004. Journalists in Afghanistan work under extremely difficult circumstances and routinely face violence, threats, and intimidation that prevent them from carrying out their work. Nai's advocacy team responds to situations arising in the media industry in Afghanistan. Nai has dedicated staff to monitor conditions for journalists and other professionals within the media industry and advocates for the rights of journalists through its publications and in a range of forums including governmental, international and local non-governmental and civil society.
Nai, through the work of its Media Watch unit, seeks to mitigate the obstacles and threats to a free and open media in Afghanistan. Nai does this by reporting regularly on the situation facing the media around the country and by responding to incidents related to the media industry in Afghanistan. Nai produces a regular monthly newsletter, Media Watch News which is published and distributed in Dari, Pashto and English to more than 3000 journalists and media organizations worldwide. Media Watch also produces a biweekly radio program, which is aired on Salaam Watandar, a nation-wide radio network. The program is broadcast by more than 30 radio stations across Afghanistan. You can read and download Media Watch newsletters here.
The Media Watch unit issues statements and press releases, conducts press conferences and forum for journalists, conducts campaigns for journalists rights and lobbies government to reform legislation on behalf of the industry. In 2009, Nai’s advocacy team contributed to the review and reform of the Mass Media Law in Afghanistan. The legislation is a strong statement in support of the rights of journalists, the essential role of the media and freedom of expression.
Media Law and Policy Development
In 2011, Nai was a co-ordinating partner on a wide-ranging project aimed at strengthening media law in Afghanistan. Nai worked with Internews and the Centre for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania to deliver media law and policy initiatives including Media Law Training, a national Moot Court Competition and the establishment of the Afghan Media Defence Lawyers Committee. Find out all about the project here.
Media Directory of Afghanistan
The first ever Media Directory of Afghanistan is recently published. Afghanistan’s Media directory is a guide on Afghanistan Media outlets for those who want to know about Media outlets numbers, contents, geographical locations, number of staff, number of (hours) broadcasting, publication and content of broadcasting/publication and so on. This guide is published into Persian, Pashto and English, Persian and Pashto versions are available for free but the English version is against charge.
Journalists in Afghanistan book
The advocacy unit recently published a book called Journalists in Afghanistan, which is a compilation of reports of incidents involving journalists and the media industry, gathered over the past 10 years. The original is in Dari. The Dari and Pashto versions are published, and the English will be published soon. Contact us for more information about Journalists in Afghanistan.
Violence against Journalists Data Map Updated
In 2011, Nai launched the Violence Against Journalists in Afghanistan online data-mapping project. The site is an innovative display of data tracked over the last decade showing violence against journalists in the country, alongside contextual information about regional violence and corruption. Nai partnered with Development Seed - a US based communications agency with a focus on geographic mapping - to produce the site. The site is recently updated to include data from 2011 and 2012. It tracks all types of media violence, from threats to kidnapping to killing, and maps where they occur in the country.