LFB's mission to Afghanistan

LFB's OWN Safiullah Tazib has recently returned from a visit to Kabul, Afghanistan where he made contact - on behalf of the NUJ and LFB in particular - with independent journalists' organisations.

A meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan

L to R: Hujatullah Mujadidi, Vice President of Afghan Independent Journalists' Association; Abdusamad Hamed Poya, General Director of Media Bazaa; Safi; Sardar Mohammad Dindarkhail, Director of Gaheez Forum of Writers; Aziz Tassal, President of Kabul Press Club; Ahmad Zia Rahimzai, Managing Director of Satre Awal weekly; and Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Executive Director of NAI.

His visit followed a series of targeted attacks on nine Afghan journalists in Kabul on 30 April, with another journalist, from the BBC, shot dead the same day.

Safi brought with him a letter from LFB which included the words, "News of the nine reporters killed in Kabul on April 30 shocked all of us... Our hearts go out to the families, colleagues and friends of those who died... NUJ London Freelance Branch expresses its solidarity and a wish to help in any way we can. We would like to hear what the needs of Afghan colleagues are, apart from raising the voices of journalists around the world calling on governments to put a stop to these attacks, by bringing perpetrators to justice, where possible, and resolving the bitter disputes that lead to war. We will certainly make this case whenever we can. Our colleague Safiullah Tazib has kept us informed about Afghan media and through him we hope to build firm ties between us. Please keep in touch and let us know anything we can do to help. In solidarity."

In the photo Safi is second from right, wearing a traditional Pakol hat. He was "advised by some to go 'completely native' to divert muggers' attention: 'For that I was mercilessly mocked by the journos at every encounter'."