IMS in Afghanistan

A journalist stands on a watch point with a camera and a solidier in Afghanistan

IMS has been engaged in Afghanistan since 2001, promoting access to free and independent media alongside the predominant challenge of improving Afghan journalists’ safety. But the situation right now is extremely serious: Hundreds of Afghan journalists are in dire need of support or protection and the country’s population as a whole needs humanitarian support in an environment of extreme uncertainty, where the media still operating are treading on unknown territory.

For women journalists in Afghanistan, showing up for work is an act of resistance

We want to honour the women journalists around the world who resist oppression and continue to work despite all the risks they encounter.

In this video, women journalists from four different regions in Afghanistan describe the conditions they live in and their dreams for the future. Due to the prevailing conditions in Afghanistan, we have had to change the names, faces and voices of the women in this story.

As one woman journalist puts it: “Even now, working without making my identity or face known, I aim to make my voice heard louder and I am more determined than ever.”

A woman working for Tolo News in Afghanistan sits at a news desk. She is fully veiled in black and holds her head in her hands - the only exposed skin visible.

Support Afghan journalists

IMS is working with partners to ensure access to information for the Afghan population by:

  • Keeping as many independent media outlets as possible operating both in-country and outside of Afghanistan.
  • Reporting on violence against journalists, as well as advising media and other stakeholders on safety.
  • All of the above efforts with a specific emphasis on supporting women journalists.

How did we get here?

While the fall of Kabul garnered headlines around the world, Afghanistan has consistently been one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work in the world. Below is a round up of IMS’ work and findings from the last 10 years, tracking the developments in Aghanistan and the conditions for Afghan journalists.