Institute of Politics

Lotfullah Najafizada

Journalist & Director of TOLONews

Lotfullah will continue his seminars from the Fall Quarter, walking students through the Taliban’s rise, the fall of Afghanistan, and the aftermath.

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    Check back soon for Lotfullah's winter quarter seminar dates and times.


    Seminars are off the record and open to current UChicago students only.

    Seminar Descriptions

Lotfullah Najafizada is an award-winning journalist and director of TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s top 24/7 news and current affairs TV channel. At TOLOnews, Mr. Najafizada oversees the largest news operation in Afghanistan. Mr. Najafizada has interviewed many global leaders, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and former US NSA Gen HR McMaster, among others.

His international recognition include Reporters Without Borders’s prestigious medal of Press Freedom Hero for his fight for free press in Afghanistan in 2016, TIME Magazine’s title of Next Generation Global Leader and Forbes magazine 30 under 30 Asia influencers in media.

He has a BSc in Economics.


"Afghanistan’s Journey Since 9/11 & the Rise of Free Press"

We'll review the journey of Afghanistan since 9/11 and what has changed in the country and for the Afghan people since then. One fundamental change is arguably the birth and rise of free press in the country, which is considered one of the biggest achievements of post-9/11 Afghanistan, a country also known for being the deadliest country for journalists worldwide.

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