Najib Sharifi: “Once you’re a journalist, you’re always a journalist”
As a frequent commentator on Afghanistan issues on both Afghan and international media, Sharifi’s career has transcended academe and journalism, politics and medicine. He is president of Afghan Journalists Safety Committee and Afghan Voices and has worked for leading news organizations, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. Najib has also served as senior political officer for the Office of the Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan as well as an active medical practitioner.
With this sound knowledge of media reporting in conflicts, Najib addressed the students that conflict-sensitive journalism can vary greatly from traditional reporting in that, as journalists, we have a duty to resolve conflicts and prevent further escalation of wars caused by inaccuracies in reports. He proposed that when reporting on a conflict of two sides, report the view of the third party - that of the ordinary people effected by the conflict.
Sharifi was recently awarded the title of Peace Hero by the Peace Museum in Vienna, Austria which is part of the Windows for Peace project that will aim to educate the public through interactive window displays across the city. Featuring influential figures such as Vienna’s own Bertha von Suttner, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi, the project will run from June 2014 through June 2016.
Listen below to hear highlights from Najib’s Bailey Morris-Eck lecture.
Najib's Lecture Slides
Najib Sharifi attended Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change: Civic Voices - Justice, Rights and Social Change which runs July 20 to August 9. For more information and updates from the session, please see the program page: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/go/sac08 and on Twitter with the hashtag #SAC2014