September 19, 2018
KABUL: The Reporters Without Borders with the cooperation of the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists (CPAWJ), launched a course in Kabul titled ‘Safety Guidance for Female Journalists During Election’.
The course taught reporters how to be safe and protect themselves while reporting the October 20th legislative election in the war zones and other dangerous areas.
Reza Moeeni, head of the Paris-based reporters without borders organization for Afghanistan and Iran, said the course would train journalists about their personal safety and security when they go to the areas for reporting where danger is more felt during the election.
“Such programs were not trained much in Afghanistan, while this is very important,” said Moeeni.
Meanwhile, Farida Nekzad, head of the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists, said the aim of the course was capacity building and empowerment of female journalists in their personal safety, calling the journalists to be aware of safety tactics during reporting.
The journalists who attended the course, called it fruitful and asked for more such programs to teach more journalists about their safety.
“The workshop was very good and fruitful and I learned a great deal about journalists’ safety in the war area and election process. In addition to that, I knew more journalists who are attending the course. This was a really comprehensive program,” said Mina Habib, a journalist who had attended the course.
Mahbooba Farid Karimi, another program attendee who works for the Radio Killid (Key) and Morsal Magazine, said she was happy with the teacher and his teaching method and usable and useful subjects were taught for the female journalists. “This is the first time I am attending a program in which female journalists are trained about their safeties. This is exactly fruitful and I learned a lot,” said Karimi.
She added that if more of such programs were held, more female journalists would learn about their safety and could defend their rights.
This is the second training program held by the Reporters Without Borders and the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists for female journalists in Kabul. Fifteen female reporters were trained about the personal safety matters in a similar program last year.
The organization frequently holds programs to enhance awareness and capacity building of female journalists across Afghanistan.
Reporting by: Beheshta Ayoubi
Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists