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  • Afghan Witness | OSINT reporting from Afghanistan

    To survey زموږ د نقشې کارولو څرنګوالی نقشه وګورئ Home: Our Misson زموږ راپورونه NRF and AFF: Joint event and increased attacks in Kabul NRF and AFF jointly commemorated fallen commanders in their first shared online event, where leaders emphasised the need for unity; both groups have intensified their activity in Kabul in recent months, but while the NRF notably increased attacks during Ramadan, the AFF announced a suspension of operations. ISKP: Group re-emerges after two-month gap in activity After a two-month hiatus in ISKP activity, the group resumed attacks in Kandahar, Kunar, Kabul, and Herat, targeting critical infrastructure and Shia communities, highlighting the group’s ongoing presence and capabilities in Afghanistan. Media environment: Two outlets suspended and other journalists arrested The Afghan media landscape has been under sustained pressure since the Taliban takeover, with the closure of two TV channels linked to political parties and a series of journalist detentions in recent weeks, indicating the Taliban's ongoing efforts to control the media landscape. Audio clip from Taliban leader addresses stoning of Afghan women In audio clips circulated online in March, the Taliban’s Supreme Leader emphasised the strict implementation of Sharia punishments and spoke of harsher punishments for women. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar relocated from state-owned land by Taliban officials According to the Taliban, the land that Hizb-e Islami party leader Hekmatyar was living on had been provided by the Republican government and was not legitimate, as recognising it as such would imply recognition of the previous administration. Rising reports of femicide: new digital map documents cases of violence and repression of Afghan women in ‘public’ roles Female-led newsroom Zan Times used investigative reporting and open source techniques to document killings, disappearances and arrests of Afghan women. Taliban issues further restrictions on Afghan female journalists in TV and radio In Kabul, female presenters were reportedly told to appear on air only in full veiling, while in Khost, local media was prohibited from broadcasting calls from women and girls. Afghan women protest Taliban’s policies on International Women’s Day Afghan Witness has seen a downturn in street protests, with many women taking their protests indoors and online in an attempt to avoid suppression or violence. Afghan media outlet Etilaatroz launch fact-checking unit as a result of Afghan Witness partnership The Etilaatroz team have been working steadily with AW to learn fact-checking methodologies and develop open source skills. Pakistani airstrikes in Afghanistan prompt retaliatory actions from Taliban Pakistan stated the strikes were directed at militant group members located in Afghanistan, while the Afghan Taliban claimed that civilian residential areas were hit. Afghan Witness confirmed the deaths of several children following the strikes and verified retaliatory shelling and gunfire from Afghan forces towards Pakistani territory. Accounts impersonating female journalists share pro-Taliban content Many of the impersonator accounts identified by Afghan Witness repeatedly use derogatory language toward the Afghan LGBTQIA+ community and attempt to defame activists and news anchors in exile. ISKP claim responsibility for attack outside Kandahar bank According to the group’s statement, a suicide bomber targeted Taliban members withdrawing their salaries. Reports cite conflicting casualty figures, though a source at a hospital claimed 21 individuals were killed in the attack. More Reports په مطبوعاتو کې Home: Who we are For Witnesses For journalists Anchor 1 Home: Contact د راپورونو پیاوړتیا زموږ د باوري معلوماتو ډیټابیس د افغان وټنس د نقشې په بڼه شتون لري چې د ژورنالیستانو، څیړونکو او پالیسي جوړونکو سره د دوی په راپور ورکولو او تحلیل کې د ملاتړ لپاره ډیزاین شوی. زموږ د بصری شواهدو او ادعاوو د ډیټابیس څخه نور معلومات هم د غوښتنې سره سم د سازمانونو او ژورنالیستانو سره شریک شوي. پداسې حال کې چې زموږ کار د خلاصې سرچینې تایید پورې تړلی دی، په مختلفو شرایطو کې د افغانانو سره زموږ مرکې د هغو مسلو په اغیزو رڼا اچوي چې موږ یې هره ورځ څارو. دا شهادتونه ژورنالستانو او نړیوالو رسنیو ته په مستعار ډول شتون لري ترڅو دوی په اړه راپور ورکړي. په تماس کې شئ د شاهدانو لپاره موږ د هر هغه چا لپاره یو خوندي حل چمتو کوو چې په افغانستان کې د بشري حقونو پیښې شاهد وي او غواړو ډاډ ورکړو چې د دوی ډیجیټلی شواهد په خوندي ډول ذخیره شوي او د مرتکبینو په حساب رسیدلو لپاره کارول کیږي. ټول معلومات په خپلواکه توګه تایید شوي او په خوندي توګه ساتل کیږي. د شاهدانو د هویت خوندي کول او د معلوماتو چمتو کول خورا مهم دي. شواهد آپلود کړئ نقشه وګورئ د هراړخیزو راپورونو، کیسو او زموږ میاشتنۍ خبرپانې د ترلاسه کولو لپاره لاندني پاڼه سبسکرایب کړئ. نوم ایمیل I agree to the terms & conditions View terms of use سبسکرایب د سپارلو لپاره مننه! د پاڼې سر د معلوماتو د چاپیریال پیاوړتیا زموږ د کار یوه برخه د ټولنې په جوړولو او د افغان مهاجرینو او نړیوالو سازمانونو د وړتیاوو په پیاوړتیا تمرکز کوي ترڅو معلومات په داسې طریقه راټول کړي، تحلیل او ثبت کړي چې د اعتبار وړ وي او د حساب ورکونې د نړیوالو میکانیزمونو سره سم وي. موږ دا د روزنې، همکارۍ، مهارتونو تبادله، د معلوماتو شریکولو او زموږ د مرستو او فیلوشپ پروګرام له لارې ترسره کوو.

  • راپورونه | Afghan Witness

    Filter by Tags Reports & Analysis Original reporting by the Afgha n Witness team 13 May 2024 ISKP: Group re-emerges after two-month gap in activity After a two-month hiatus in ISKP activity, the group resumed attacks in Kandahar, Kunar, Kabul, and Herat, targeting critical infrastructure and Shia communities, highlighting the group’s ongoing presence and capabilities in Afghanistan. Read here 13 May 2024 NRF and AFF: Joint event and increased attacks in Kabul NRF and AFF jointly commemorated fallen commanders in their first shared online event, where leaders emphasised the need for unity; both groups have intensified their activity in Kabul in recent months, but while the NRF notably increased attacks during Ramadan, the AFF announced a suspension of operations. Read here 30 Apr 2024 Gulbuddin Hekmatyar relocated from state-owned land by Taliban officials According to the Taliban, the land that Hizb-e Islami party leader Hekmatyar was living on had been provided by the Republican government and was not legitimate, as recognising it as such would imply recognition of the previous administration. Read here 11 Apr 2024 Taliban issues further restrictions on Afghan female journalists in TV and radio In Kabul, female presenters were reportedly told to appear on air only in full veiling, while in Khost, local media was prohibited from broadcasting calls from women and girls. Read here 4 Apr 2024 Afghan media outlet Etilaatroz launch fact-checking unit as a result of Afghan Witness partnership The Etilaatroz team have been working steadily with AW to learn fact-checking methodologies and develop open source skills. Read here 13 May 2024 Media environment: Two outlets suspended and other journalists arrested The Afghan media landscape has been under sustained pressure since the Taliban takeover, with the closure of two TV channels linked to political parties and a series of journalist detentions in recent weeks, indicating the Taliban's ongoing efforts to control the media landscape. Read here 30 Apr 2024 Audio clip from Taliban leader addresses stoning of Afghan women In audio clips circulated online in March, the Taliban’s Supreme Leader emphasised the strict implementation of Sharia punishments and spoke of harsher punishments for women. Read here 22 Apr 2024 Rising reports of femicide: new digital map documents cases of violence and repression of Afghan women in ‘public’ roles Female-led newsroom Zan Times used investigative reporting and open source techniques to document killings, disappearances and arrests of Afghan women. Read here 10 Apr 2024 Afghan women protest Taliban’s policies on International Women’s Day Afghan Witness has seen a downturn in street protests, with many women taking their protests indoors and online in an attempt to avoid suppression or violence. Read here 28 Mar 2024 Pakistani airstrikes in Afghanistan prompt retaliatory actions from Taliban Pakistan stated the strikes were directed at militant group members located in Afghanistan, while the Afghan Taliban claimed that civilian residential areas were hit. Afghan Witness confirmed the deaths of several children following the strikes and verified retaliatory shelling and gunfire from Afghan forces towards Pakistani territory. Read here View More

  • په تماس کې شئ | Afghan Witness

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    د شواهدو لیګل موږ د هر هغه چا لپاره یوه خوندی حل لاره چمتو کوو چې په افغانستان کې د بشري حقونو نه د سرغړونې د یوې پیښې شاهد وي او غواړی ډاډه شی چې د دوی ډیجیتالی شواهد په خوندي ډول ساتل کیږي او د بشری سرغړونکو د حساب ورکونې لپاره کارول کیږی. هغه فورمې ته د لاسرسي لپاره د اپلوډ تڼۍ کیکاږئ چې تاسو کولای شئ په کې په نامعلوم ډول عکسونه، ویډیوګانې، غږیز پیغامونه او یا لینکونه ولیږئ. شواهد آپلود کړئ Upload: Image

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  • Fellowship | Afghan Witness

    The application period for the fellowship program has closed. Applicants who progress to the interview round will be contacted in January. Thank you to all who applied. What is the fellowship program? The Noor Fellowship ('Noor' or 'نور', meaning 'light') is a four-month online program that provides guidance to selected journalists, researchers, advocates, and human rights reporters working in the Afghanistan information space. The program aims to strengthen fellows’ skills in open-source intelligence, verification, and fact-checking, as well as building their networks along the way. Overall, the fellowship provides an opportunity to contribute to and strengthen information, both on, and in, Afghanistan. At the end of the program, fellows will complete an investigation incorporating open-source tools as the cornerstone element of their project. Investigations undertaken by fellows will ideally be in areas where there are gaps of knowledge (i.e. topics regarding women and girls, the LGBT community, other minorities or identified understudied areas) and the work will seek to help fill those gaps. Purpose of the program To strengthen the open-source skills of journalists, researchers, advocates, or human rights reporters and increase their contribution to the Afghan media and NGO community — with the overall purpose of supporting the information landscape in Afghanistan. What is included in the fellowship program? A stipend determined by the scope of the proposal — a note on this is listed below — we anticipate supporting around 5 fellows under the Noor Fellowship Expert training on Open Source (OSINT) investigation techniques Ongoing guidance throughout the fellowship period Supporting fellows to identify opportunities build their network and help them attend events and/or meetings where relevant Subscriptions to relevant services Flights/travel costs where relevant Selection criteria Candidates will demonstrate the following in their application to be considered for the fellowship program: ​ Expertise Candidates must be journalists, researchers, advocates, or human rights reporters with a keen and evident interest in Afghanistan They will demonstrate existing and significant skills in investigative reporting (not necessarily open-source skills although this would be useful) Interest They will be engaged and communicative with Afghan Witness (show initial interest in learning these techniques and partaking in the program) Quality of, and capacity for, the proposal They’ll have capacity to deliver on their proposals They’ll indicate potential of sustainability — this will further their career and contribute to their long term goals They will demonstrate integrity Candidates will demonstrate how they’ll use the knowledge gained from the fellowship to strengthen the information landscape in Afghanistan ​ ​ Please note! The fellowship is an online program and does not include any visa sponsorship. The applicants are requested to confirm the following in their personal statement: “I understand that the maximum amount of funding available to those selected to receive the Noor Fellowship is GBP £5,000 (or USD $ equivalent). By submitting this application, I confirm that I accept this stipulation and confirm I believe my project proposal is achievable within this funding amount ” AW especially welcomes applications from women and girls, as well as minority groups and those people less represented in the Afghanistan information space How to apply Applicants are requested to submit an application in English, containing the following documents by the 15th December to fellowship@afghanwitness.org ​ A Curriculum Vitae A Personal Statement (maximum 500 words) in which the applicant will cover how they meet the selection criteria mentioned above Brief project proposal/design (not more than 1000 words) to outline the topic of investigation, purpose, activities and methodology Timeline We’re excited to read your proposals — good luck!

  • کیسې | Afghan Witness

    Human Stories Original interviews with Afghans on how their lives have changed since the Taliban takeover 21 Mar 2023 Gawhar Before the Taliban’s takeover, Gawhar had been preparing for university. Now she spends her days as a carpet weaver in Pakistan. Read here پښتو فارسی 25 Jan 2023 Frozan After the closure of girls’ secondary schools and then an attack on her education centre, a student says her hopes have been dashed by the Taliban’s recent university ban for women. Read here پښتو فارسی 7 Dec 2022 Fatana A doctor says that many of her new patients are schoolgirls who have lost hope. Read here پښتو فارسی 3 Nov 2022 Maihan While studying for a PhD in Pakistan, university lecturer Maihan had her income cut-off by the Taliban. Now she faces poverty in Afghanistan. Read here پښتو فارسی 22 Aug 2022 Morwarid A young entrepreneur struggles to keep her business afloat amid Taliban restrictions. Read here پښتو فارسی 4 Jul 2022 Malalai Pen Path volunteer Malalai refuses to let anything get in the way of her campaigning for educational rights. Read here پښتو فارسی 14 Feb 2023 Sofia University graduate Sofia grew up hearing "tales" of the Taliban, but says she now faces the "same fate" her mother faced. Read here پښتو فارسی 12 Jan 2023 Parnian A student recalls the day the Taliban closed universities to women. Read here پښتو فارسی 15 Nov 2022 Arseen An LGBTQ activist fled Afghanistan after receiving death threats from the Taliban. Now in Iran, he faces uncertainty over his future. Read here پښتو فارسی 9 Sept 2022 Rahima The owner of a Kabul beauty salon says her business is facing increasing uncertainty. Read here پښتو فارسی 22 Jul 2022 Sakhi After leaving Afghanistan, Sakhi faces new challenges in Pakistan. Read here پښتو فارسی 27 Jun 2022 Aqlima Until last August, Aqlima was campaigning to get more women into cycling, but since the Taliban’s return, women are unable to participate in sports. Read here پښتو فارسی Filter by Tags View More

  • Privacy | Afghan Witness

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  • زموږ په اړه | Afghan Witness

    زموږ ماموریت افغان وټنس یوه پروژه ده چې په خپلواکه توګه په افغانستان کې د بشري حقونو، امنیتي او سیاسي وضعیت په اړه معلومات راټولوي، خوندي کوي او تاییدوي. موږ موخه دا ده چې د معلوماتو منظره پیاوړې کړو او د نړیوالو سازمانونو، پالیسي جوړونکو او رسنیو لپاره د معلوماتو باوري سرچینه چمتو کړو، او په هیواد کې د میشتو افغانانو لپاره د ورځني ژوند د واقعیت په اړه پوهاوی لوړ کړو. زموږ د میتودولوژي په اړه نور معلومات ترلاسه کړئ دلته . زموږ هڅونه د طالبانو د واکمنۍ راهیسې، ژورنالیستان او سازمانونه چې د روڼتیا او حساب ورکونې په لټه کې دي په افغانستان کې د بشري حقونو په مسلو د پوهیدو او راپور ورکولو په هڅه کې له زیاتو ننګونو سره مخ شوي دي. پداسې حال کې چې ټولنیزې رسنۍ د محتوا او خبرونو خپرولو لپاره اړین ثابت شوي، غلط معلومات په پراخه کچه شتون لري، او په هیواد کې د پیښو لیدل محدود پاتې دي. د پرانیستې سرچینې (OSINT) تخنیکونو په کارولو سره، د افغان وټنس پروژه موخه دا ده چې باوري معلوماتو ته د لاسرسي زیاتوالی او په هیواد کې د وضعیت مفصل تحلیل بیان کړی. موږ څوک یو د افغان وټنس ډله له افغان او نړیوالو څیړونکو، شنونکو، ژورنالیستانو او نړیوالو کارپوهانو څخه جوړه ده. موږ د ټیم ډیری هویت د خوندیتوب دلایلو لپاره پټ ساتو. دا پروژه د معلوماتو د مقاومت مرکز (CIR) لخوا همغږي کیږي، په انګلستان کې میشته غیر انتفاعي موسسه ده چې د خلاصې سرچینې تحلیل او تحقیقاتو کې تخصص لري.

  • زموږ سره کار وکړئ | Afghan Witness

    د کار اعلانونه ​ بخښنه غواړو، اوس مهال د دندې پوسټونه شتون نلري - مهرباني وکړئ وروسته بیا وګورئ یا د معلوماتو د مقاومت مرکز (CIR) ویب پاڼه کې د دندې خلاصونه وګورئ. Anchor 1 Anchor 2

  • Legal | Afghan Witness

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