Western media push to evacuate journalists from Afghanistan


The Wall Street Journal successfully said “evacuated its last workers Kabul on Saturday after a week of repeated attempts, including attacks on some of them. “
The Post and The New York Times also helped dozens of employees leave the country earlier in the week. All three newspapers publicly asked the Biden administration for help in the days following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

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.

“A lot of other newsrooms are working on the same thing,” 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.

“It’s definitely one of the most intense stories I’ve ever covered,” Ward told Stelter in an interview from his home in France. She said the Afghan translator who worked with her team was also on the flight to Doha, Qatar.

“Honestly, 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,” 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.”

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