48 lawyers from around Afghanistan officially established the Afghanistan Media Defense Lawyers Committee (AMDLC) in September 2011 at the headquarters of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) in Kabul.
The Afghanistan Media Defense Lawyers Committee (AMDLC) is a critical legal forum, underneath the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), whose members are committed to advocating for Afghanistan’s media law, defending the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information, and working with the Afghan government and media sector to defend the legal protection of journalists. By promoting media law and the professional standards and development of media law advocates, AMDLC will serve to improve media defense litigation skills and support the growth of a robust and energetic legal and media sector in Afghanistan. Participating lawyers assembled for two full days to elect an executive board, define a mission, and approve a scope of work for the first year of the newly formed AMDLC. With much enthusiasm, the committee members elected Mohammad Karim Amirzoy of Kabul as president, Mofid Mashal of Kabul as vice president, and Aynuddin Bahoduri of Badakshan as the administrative officer.
Implemented by the Internews Network and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, this initiative is a part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project (AMDEP).