“We will support you and stand by you,” H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan, told journalists gathered at a media conference in Kabul on April 26, the first of its kind in Afghanistan.
The two-day conference, titled “Media and Transition Decade,” was organized by the Afghanistan Journalists Federation (AJF), an association of nine media support organizations that represents a cross-section of Afghanistan’s media sector and aims to serve as a bridge between media outlets and the government.
Around him, the crowd was rapidly turning violent: men were smashing the windshields of cars, beating one another bloody, and throwing stones at the police. And there was Rostaye, just two months into his professional television reporting career, capturing it all on film.