Karokhel among 100 information heroes
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two veteran Afghan journalists, including Pajhwok Afghan News Director Danish Karokhel, have been included in the first-ever list of 100 information heroes by Reporters Without Borders -- also known as RSF.
The Paris-based watchdog, which is publishing the list to mark World Press Freedom Day (May 3), said the 100 heroes help to promote the freedom enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media.
“World Press Freedom Day, which Reporters Without Borders helped to create, should be an occasion for paying tribute to the courage of the journalists and bloggers who constantly sacrifice their safety and sometimes their lives to their vocation,” said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.
In a statement, Deloire said: “These ‘information heroes are a source of inspiration to all men and women who aspire to freedom. Without their determination and the determination of all those like them, it would be simply impossible to extend the domain of freedom."
RSF said promoting human rights, calling the government and elites to account and encouraging participation in public life the three pillars of Pajhwok Afghan News -- the independent news agency that Karokhel created a decade back.
Under his leadership, PAN’s Kabul headquarters and its eight regional bureaus produce an average of 40 dispatches a day in Pashto, Dari and English. “Reports that are accurate, timely, balanced, correctly sourced and corroborated and relevant to their public,” his article of faith says.
Killid Group Managing Director Najiba Ayubi is the second Afghan on the list. When a police chief told her “You realise you are a woman, don’t you,” she responded by broadcasting the report he wanted to suppress.
When two gunmen stormed into her home and terrified her mother, she reacted to all threats without fear. In 2013, the International Women’s Media Foundation gave her its Courage in Journalism Award.
The list comprises women and men of almost all ages (25 to 75) and 65 nations. The youngest, Oudom Tat, is Cambodian and the oldest, Muhammed Ziauddin, is Pakistani. Twenty-five of the heroes are from the Asia-Pacific region, 20 from the Middle East and North Africa, and eight from Europe. Iran, Russia, China, Eritrea, Azerbaijan, Mexico and Vietnam are each represented by at least three heroes.
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