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.

Crisis of Afghan media: More than 70% of Afghan media outlets have closed since the Taliban gained control. Fewer than 100 of Kabul 700 women journalists are still working. Reporting quality has reached its lowest level in 20 years.

Support Afghan journalists

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

  • Offering here-and-now support to the most targeted journalists  (accommodation, food, clothes, training or psycho-social support).
  • 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.