Pajhwok Afghan News
|Type||Media, Online Media, Newspaper|
by Danish Karokhel
|Motto||Reflecting the Truth|
Pajhwok Afghan News (Pashto: پژواک خبري اژانس) (Persian: آژانس خبرى پژواک) is Afghanistan's largest independent news agency. With headquarters in Kabul, eight regional bureaus and a nationwide network of reporters and correspondents, Pajhwok delivers an average daily output of three dozen stories in Pashto, Dari and English. Pajhwok also provides photographs, video footage and audio clips to international wire agencies, televisions and radio stations. 
Owned and operated entirely by Afghans, Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) claims to have no political affiliations. Its founder and director is Danish Karokhel Pajhwok is a Pashto word meaning reflection or echo in both Pashto and Dari languages.
Since its foundation, Pajhwok’s mission has been to help build a diverse Afghan media that keeps Afghan citizens informed, promotes transparency and accountability in governance, broadens participation in national life and fosters respect for human rights.
With its high quality output, including specialized beats and reporting projects on elections, security, health, reconstruction, economic development, social issues and government, Pajhwok has enabled Afghan media outlets to deliver news that is more accurate, timely, fair, properly sourced, informed by background materials, and relevant to their audiences.
Pajhwok's independent reporting and breadth of coverage on news from every province, prepared in a form that is attractive to diverse audiences, are an indispensable resource for Afghan and international media, diplomats, professionals, researchers and anyone who is interested in Afghanistan.
Pajhwok provides breaking news and features through several subscription-based services.
Pajhwok News wire: Pajhwok delivers news and photos to readers in Afghanistan and around the world. Subscribers can access the latest news through Pajhwok’s website and email news updates.
Pajhwok Photo service: Available as a separate subscription, Pajhwok’s photo service provides daily pictures of key news events, in addition to photo features about Afghan society and culture.
Pajhwok Audio and Video services: Pajhwok also provides raw audio clips and video footage of news events to international wire agencies, televisions and radio stations. Subscribers can access Pajhwok stories using convenient methods.
Pajhwok.com on the Internet Readers keep up with the latest news about Afghanistan via Pajhwok’s website. The website is updated throughout the day, seven days a week, with news in English, Pashto and Dari languages.
Email news updates Subscribers receive emails during the day with a digest of Pajhwok’s news stories, keeping them in touch with developments in Afghanistan.
Pajhwok's subscribers include Afghanistan's most influential people and organizations. Major Afghan and international news outlets, Afghan government ministries, Non-Governmental Organizations, diplomats, professionals, businessmen, and prominent individuals subscribe because they rely on Pajhwok as an authoritative source of news about Afghanistan's political, economic and social development. Click here to subscribe to Pajhwok Afghan News.
- PAN's director, Danish Karokhel, won the 2008 CPJ International Press Freedom Award.
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