Afghan journalists in a balancing act: Coping with deteriorating safety
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionEide EE, Khalvatgar, Shirzad H. Afghan journalists in a balancing act: Coping with deteriorating safety. Conflict & Communication Online. 2019;18(1)
Afghan journalists have been experiencing a deteriorating situation, due to a multitude of threats. They operate in a situation of low popular literacy, as well as low media literacy. Threats from Taliban and other insurgents cause many journalists to live in constant fear. This article is based on interviews with 28 Afghan journalists. They report that they are less willing to take risks than before, their editors even less so. Routines are far from always in place in media institutions, and quite a few journalists have not received necessary security equipment. Almost all report experiencing post-traumatic stress syndrome, some have even experienced physical harm. We conclude by stating that Afghan journalists are caught in a balancing act, facing powerful violent insurgents, oppressive authorities and media owners.