Afghanistan Today

Project:

Website publishing stories by Afghan journalists. The website is also a platform for the ongoing professional development of Afghan media producers.

Production Runtime:

2010 to present

Partners:

German Federal Foreign Office, Friedrich Ebert Foundation



Afghanistan Today works with a core group of around 20 local journalists and photographers with the aim of enriching the debate about Afghanistan with local perspectives. The project provides Afghan reporters, who are often largely excluded in telling their own country’s stories, a platform through which to be heard.

The project’s website, www.afghanistan-today.org, hosts news reports, diaries and photos from many of the country’s 34 provinces. It is both a training platform and a news website that allows journalists to develop, or to be trained, on the job rather than by sitting in a seminar room.

Despite the cultural, linguistic and logistical difficulties of running such a project – this includes the woes of negotiating the Afghan banking system, endless cancelled flights, officious border guards, Internet blackouts, Taliban threats and most tragically, the loss of a colleague – the project continues to grow.

Afghanistan Today’s journalists have also had some success in the world media. At least half a dozen of the project’s reporters now work with some of the world’s leading press outlets, including AFP and Xinhua. Others have been published in The Sunday Times and Die Welt. After the Afghan Premier League, Afghanistan’s first nationwide sports league, was launched in 2012, football publication FourFourTwo commissioned a feature from four of the project’s journalists.