Institute of Politics

Lotfullah Najafizada

Afghan Journalist

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


Lotfullah Najafizada is an award-winning journalist and the former director of TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s top 24/7 news and current affairs TV channel. At TOLOnews, Mr. Najafizada oversaw 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.

Seminars

"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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