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Asian Development Bank
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Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
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Economic Cooperation Organization
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NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
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United Nations
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Wikileaks
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News Releases

Afghan court jails Pakistani journalist for four years
2014-07-17
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in its criticism of the harsh prison sentence imposed on TV journalist Faizullah Khan and is de...
Afghanistan government vows to end impunity for crimes against journalists
2014-12-04
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan’s National Unity Government’s statement of intention to bring an end to impunity for crimes ag...
Afghanistan: Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election
2009-03-23
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders has released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled â#oWe have free speech, but weâ##re not safe and we donâ##t act responsibly".
Authorities arrest two TV presenters in Kabul
2009-03-24
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by yesterdayâ##s arrests in Kabul of two commercial TV presenters, Fahim Kohdamani of Emroz and Ajmal Alamzai of Ariana TV.
Call for release of jailed Pakistani journalist
2014-08-03
http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/browse/weiter/backpid/51/article/cal
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in urging Afghanistan government to pardon the Pakistani journalist jailed for crossing the border into...
French journalists released after being held hostage for 18 months
2011-06-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is delighted by today’s release of French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their Afghan interpreter Reza, who were abducted by a Taliban group on 29 Dec...
Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
2009-05-02
Freedom House
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, acco...
IFJ Accuses NATO and Calls for Release of Al Jazeera Cameramen in Afghanistan
2010-09-24
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls for the release of two Al Jazeera cameramen, Mohammed Nader and Rahmatullah Nekzad, who were recently arrested in Afghanistan by the NATO-led fo...
IFJ expresses concern for Afghanistan's media after spate of threats and attacks
2014-08-07
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) in expressing concern over a series of recent threats and intimidations...
Jailed Pakistani journalist freed in Afghanistan
2014-09-29
International Federation of Journalists
Welcoming a decision by the Nangarhar High Court in eastern Afghanistan this week to release a Pakistani television journalist imprisoned in the country since April 22, 2014.
Journalist severely injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing dies
2014-12-23
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) are saddened by the news that a journalist who was severely injured in a suicide bombin...
Press Freedom Under Fire in South Asia, 2008-09
2009-05-02
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) & South Asia Media Solidarity
The seventh annual report on press freedom in South Asia documents alarming trends in working conditions for journalists.
Rally in support of French journalists held hostage for past 18 months
2011-06-28
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders continues to press for the release of the only journalists currently held hostage anywhere in the world, French TV reporters Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, who were ...
Sources welcomes Pearson Peacekeeping Centre
2009-01-23
Pearson Peacekeeping Centre
The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) is a Canadian-based institution dedicated to making international peace operations more effective through research, education and training, and capacity developme...
Time for Action to Free Hostage Journalists in Afghanistan after 500 Days of Captivity, Says IFJ
2011-05-13
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European group the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today joined events marking the 500 days of captivity of two French journalists, H...

Sources Select Resources

Afghan media respond to Taliban threats against TV channels
Article
2015
Ifex
In an alarming statement published on the group's website on Monday 12 October, 2015, the Taliban said the two TV channels are legitimate targets and no employee, anchor, office, news team or reporter...
Afghan Young Women Protest Killing Women
Article
2012
Cryptome
Afghan Young Women for Change (YWC) activists, holding placards which read 'where is justice?', take part in a protest denouncing violence against women in Afghanistan in Kabul on April 14, 2012. Some...
Afghanistan 1979-1992
America's Jihad
Blum, William
Article
Common Courage Press
An account of CIA and American involvement in Afghanistan since 1979
Afghanistan: Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders has released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled â#oWe have free speech, but weâ##re not safe and we donâ##t act responsibly".
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat
Cut-and-Run Time
Whitney, Mike
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The United States hasn’t liberated Afghanistan. It hasn’t rebuilt Afghanistan. It hasn’t removed the warlords from power, curtailed opium production, established strong democratic institutions, or imp...
Authorities arrest two TV presenters in Kabul
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by yesterdayâ##s arrests in Kabul of two commercial TV presenters, Fahim Kohdamani of Emroz and Ajmal Alamzai of Ariana TV.
Bombing Hospitals: 22 People Killed by US Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan
Kelly, Kathy
Unclassified
2015
CounterPunch
A group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: "To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime." ...
Britain's Own Pravda-Style Propaganda
Ten Years Of 'Involvement' In Afghanistan
Article
2011
Medialens
Imagine Britain had been invaded and occupied by armed forces from another region of the world with China, for example, as a significant ‘partner’ in the ‘coalition’. Imagine tens of thousands of Brit...
Call for release of jailed Pakistani journalist
Sources News Release
Article
2014
http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/browse/weiter/backpid/51/article/cal
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in urging Afghanistan government to pardon the Pakistani journalist jailed for crossing the border into...
CNN and the NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated the Afghan Hospital Attack
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
Much of the world spent the last 48 hours expressing revulsion at the U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. It was quite clear early on that the perpetrator of the attack was the U.S., ...
The Dangers of Embedded Journalism
A Distorted View of War
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Even Wars Have Rules: a Fact Sheet on the Bombing of Kunduz Hospital
Kone, Jason
Article
2015
CounterPunch
Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent fact-finding investigation to ascertain the truth about the events that led to the killing of our colleagues and patients by US.airstrikes on one ...
The Fog of Intelligence
Or How to Be Eternally "Caught Off Guard" in the Greater Middle East
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2015
TomDispatch.com
The phrase "the fog of war" stands in for the inability of commanders to truly grasp what's happening in the chaos that is any battlefield. Perhaps it's time to introduce a companion phrase: the fog ...
Gen. John Campbell, Commander in Afghanistan and Serial Liar
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2015
CounterPunch
After weeks of lies, the Obama administration and the Pentagon, unable to find any way to explain their murderous hour-long AC-130 gunship assault on and destruction of a Doctors Without Borders-run h...
Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Freedom House
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, acco...
IFJ expresses concern for Afghanistan's media after spate of threats and attacks
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) in expressing concern over a series of recent threats and intimidations...
Kunduz Killers Go Free
Article
2016
MediaLens
On the night of October 3, 2015, a United States Air Force AC-130 gunship repeatedly attacked a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Forty-two people were killed and dozens ...
Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up
Norton, Ben
Article
2015
FAIR
After the US airstrikes that hit an MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières) hospital, many news outlets have depicted the event in a way that evades any American responsibility.
Mes Aynak: Afghanistan's Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction
Dalrymple, William
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
Mes Aynak, a magnificent Buddhist city, is the most important archaeological discovery in a generation. But it is sitting on a vast copper deposit and is about to be destroyed.
Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List
Blum, William
Article
2013
williamblum.org
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
Press Freedom Under Fire in South Asia, 2008-09
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) & South Asia Media Solidarity
The seventh annual report on press freedom in South Asia documents alarming trends in working conditions for journalists.
The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
When news first broke of the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the response from the U.S. military was predictable and familiar. It was all just a big, ter...
Radio programme a beacon of hope for Afghans searching for lost relatives
In Search of the Missing tries to track down some of the 1 million people who have disappeared during three decades of war
Sieff, Kevin
Article
2014
The Guardian
An Afghani radio station has started a semi-weekly segment entitled "In Search of the Missing", aimed at reuniting missing loved ones. Citizens are invited to call the 10-year-old radio programme and ...
Sick Sophistry: BBC News On Afghan Hospital "Mistakenly" Bombed by United States
Media Lens
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
One of the defining features of the corporate media is that Western crimes are ignored or downplayed. The US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on the night of Octo...
Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well
Devereaux, Ryan
Article
2014
The Intercept
A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production, says the U....
US Dispatched a Murderous AC-130 Airborne Gunship to Attack a Hospital
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2015
CounterPunch
Evidence continues to mount that the US committed a monstrous war crime in attacking and destroying a fully operational hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on the night of Oct. 3, 2015, killing at least 2...
US Lies and Excuses for Bombing Hospital
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Here is the US changing its story for the FOURTH time of why it launched an air strike on the Doctors without Borders hospital in the Afghan town of Kunduz at the weekend, massacring at least 22 patie...
A War on Wikileaks?
Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon
Forte, Maximillian C.
Article
2010
CounterPunch
If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants t...
Why Is the U.S. Refusing an Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was an "Accident"?
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
In Geneva , Doctors Without Borders (MSF) demanded a formal, independent investigation into the U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz. The group's international president specified that the inquiry...
The Wikileaks Afghan War Diary
Reason for Celebration, Cause for Concern
Forte, Maximillian
Article
2010
CounterPunch
The release of Wikileaks acquired records from U.S. forces in Afghanistan is an event of major significance which in some ways deserves to be celebrated by those opposed to the war in Afghanistan, but...
Will Google's Keyword Searching Eliminate the Need for LC Cataloging and Classification?
Mann, Thomas
Article
2005
Google Print does not "change everything" regarding the need for professional cataloging and classification of books; its limitations make cataloging and classification even more important to research...

Sources Bookshelf

Killing Hope
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
Blum, William
Book
2008
Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Ch...
Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Necessary Illusions
Thought Control in Democratic Societies
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1989
An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ide...
Press for Conversion #43
December 2000
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
Press for Conversion #46
December 2001
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
Published not long after 9/11 and the illegal U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, this issue takes a radical look at the underlying purpose of this war and the military occupation that followed.
Press for Conversion #59
September 2006
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A phony democracy – dominated by warlords, drug barons, oil industry representatives and World Bank administrators – has now been successfully imposed upon Afghanistan by the world's major military an...
Towers of Deception
The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Zwicker, Barrie
Book
2006


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