Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union (ANJU)
The Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union [ANJU], formerly named Afghanistan Journalists’ Union, was established in January 1981. From its inception, the ANJU headquarters was located in a building next to the central office of State Bank of Afghanistan, which belonged to “Pashto Tolena” in the past.
Initially, because there was no free press or freedom of speech in the country, the union was a networking resource that engaged in some professional activities.
Creating a permanent photo exhibit alongside the union’s headquarter and the construction of a large chamber paved the way for journalists, especially photojournalists to feature and sell their work. It was also a great opportunity for the union to use the chamber for meetings, seminars, and other professional gatherings. Yet another advantage of the journalists union, in the initial years, was a notable decrease in financial dependency on the government, which was achieved by relying on these sales. During the communist regimes, the state typically established and funded various unions of writers, journalists, and artists.See more