Elections Held for Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association



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.


Ms Sharifa

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.


The day

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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