Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA), with the support of the
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Commission (EC)
recently held its first national elections in seven years on Monday March 26,
in Kabul, Afghanistan.
members from thirty Afghan provinces elected Khpolwak Safi as the President of
the association and three others as Deputy President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Zormati was elected from a field of six nominees – AIJA’s first female Deputy
Hanayesh, from Parwan
Province, was elected as
the second Deputy President.
AIJA President, Rahimullah Samandar, did not stand for re-election but was
elected Secretary General.
of the election coincided with the launch of two key publications:
· The Afghanistan Media For
Democracy Handbook, which includes chapters on transitional justice, the
status of local news, media and democratic processes and new information drawn
from a pre-election survey and includes contributions by some of Afghanistan’s
most senior journalists and media personalities.
· The Afghanistan National
Opinion Poll – a national survey of voter’s opinions about the democratic
process and transition in Afghanistan.
Following the election, AIJA members also
participated in two days of training on Safety and Security; and Union Leadership
“The IFJ congratulates the AIJA for the successful
holding of its recent election”, IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park
“The AIJA have played an important role in ensuring
that media workers in Afghanistan
continue to have a voice in Afghanistan.
We commend them for their ongoing commitment to
press freedom, and their work fighting for the improved safety, rights and
conditions of their members.”
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