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Pajhwok administrative chief dies from Covid-19

Pajhwok administrative chief dies from Covid-19

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Jun 16, 2020 - 15:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News’s administrative head Shah Mahmood Haroon has died of Covid-19 pandemic in capital Kabul, his colleagues said on Tuesday. He was 57.

Shah Mahmood Haroon was born in Bagrami district of Kabul and after higher educationinfo-icon, he started work in the media and served for 35 years in different outlets.

He had been working with Pajhwok Afghan News as administrative director for the last six years. He also worked at the UNDP as trainer.

Haroon left behind five children -- three sons and two daughters.

Danish Karokhel, Pajhwok Afghan News director, termed Haroon’s demise a huge loss to Pajhwok, his family and to the entire Afghan media community.

Danish said Haroon remained a colleague and co-coordinator since the establishment of Pajhwok Afghan News.

In the last 17 years, Haroon had been actively involved in strengthening, advancing and promoting Pajhwok and stayed with his colleagues and the administration at testing times Pajhwok went through, he said.

Karokhel said Shah Mahmood Haroon always tried to improve the capacity of Pajhwok employees.

Khwaja Khalil Ahmad Fitri, Pajhwok Afghan News (PANinfo-icon) news director, told Pajhwok that Haroon’s funeral ceremony was offered in Bagrami district. He said the death of Haroon was a great loss for Pajhwok and the Afghan media community.

He added Pajhwok earned the ‘information hero’ tribute all because of Haroon’s tireless efforts with his colleagues and office.

He described Haroon as an honest, polite person, a resourceful manager, and a journalist in every sense.

On Monday, the Paris-based watchdog issued a list of 30 coronavirus “information heroes,” including Pajhwok Afghan News, whose courage, perseverance and capacity to innovate helped circulate reliable and vital information during the pandemic.

RSF called Pajhwok Afghan News and Tolonews reporter Anisseh Shahid from Afghanistan as ‘information heroes’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, free media support organization, NAI, also expressed grief over the passing away of Haroon.

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