Western media push to evacuate journalists from Afghanistan
Most of the evacuees are local interpreters, guides and journalists, often referred to as “stringers” in the news industry. “Heads of office and security personnel from Kabul to Doha via London and DC have been trying to get these colleagues out of Afghanistan,” CNN’s Brian Stelter told “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.
Stelter reported that CNN had quietly helped ten Afghan colleagues leave the country in recent days.
âA lot of other newsrooms are working on the same thing,â he said, calling it exhausting but necessary work.
Fox News said on Sunday that the company had evacuated several Afghan “associates” who have helped with the network’s war coverage over the years, as well as their families.
CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward recently left Kabul after working there for three weeks and working 19 hours a day.
âHonestly, I can’t even tell you what a relief it was to be able to be sure that he got on that plane and started a new life,â she said. “It’s petrifying to him. He was on the verge of tears. We were trying to comfort him and tell him that everything will be fine. But thank goodness he got on that plane.”