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About Nasim Fekrat Nasim Fekrat نسیم فکرت is an Afghan self taught journalist and photographer and the first and famous Afghan blogger and the director of several news reporting and training organizations he has founded to help bring Afghan journalism into the internet age. Publishing in English and Persian, Nasim’s work has appeared on BBC Persian, Radio Free Europe, his own news sites, and publications run by both NATO and the United Nations. As the leader of a small movement of young journalists advocating for free press in Afghanistan. Nasim has been threatened, had his hacked, been forced to write using a pseudonym (Sohrab Kabuli), and driven into exile. For his writing and media training efforts, Reporters Without Borders awarded Nasim the freedom of expression award in 2005, and in 2008, Nasim accepted the Freedom of Expression award given by Italian organization ISF (Information Safety and Freedom) on behalf of himself and Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, a journalist placed on death row in Northern Afghanistan for allegedly distributing materials critical of Islam. Last year, Nasim was placed in charge of the communication and information committee for the Human Rights and Democracy Center in Kabul. He also serves as the director of Afghan Press (afghanpress.org, afghanpress.af), an online newspaper in two languages dedicated to bringing scholars together to discuss and distribute news in Afghanistan’s more remote villages, which are rarely represented in the international media. He also writes for Notes from Kabul and serves as the director of the Association of Afghan Blog Writers and in Farsi. The spring 2009, Nasim came to the United States for the first time, on the invitation of Joe Torsella, then the chief executive of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Fekrat ended up staying in the United States to learn more about digital media and culture on a three-month fellowship at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University

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Afghanistan Journalists Ranking

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3. Mujahid Kakar 17476
4. Shukria Barakzai 5918
5. Lina Rozbih 989
6. Asif Nang 320
7. Nasim Fekrat 205
8. Said Sulaiman Ashna 163
9. Fariba Nawa 57
10. Ahmad Naveed Nazari 25
11. Zarghona Rassa 18

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140. Prannoy Roy 259
141. Hamid Mir 242
142. Laurence Ferrari 221
143. Namık Kemal 207
144. Nasim Fekrat 205
145. Mehmet Ali Birand 199
146. Iñaki Gabilondo 188
147. Mohammad Ghouchani 182
148. Lamis El Hadidy 175

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