May 4, 2022
Shoaib Sharifi is one of Afghanistan's greatest journalists -
and has won many awards for covering his home country for the last
22 years. He's a former BBC World Service Kabul bureau chief who
launched the acclaimed political debate program Open Jirga
(a co-production between BBC Media Action and BBC World
Shoaib is one of the few Afghan journalists who decided to
stay on after the Taliban took power in August, 2021, and he's
currently the country director for BBC Media Action, the BBC's
international development organisation.
In part one of this extraordinary interview, Shoaib talks
about his passion for journalism and why his facial hair stalled
his career. He explains how he risked his own life to finally land
a job by smuggling a camera into a former football stadium in Kabul
to expose the Taliban’s public executions to the world.
Shoaib also discusses the challenges and dangers of reporting
the truth in his home country and why he is determined to show the
true face of Afghanistan to the world.