2014 was another deadly year for journalists in Afghanistan. Multiple local and international reporters were either singled out or collateral damage in a string of attacks by Taliban extremists, who last year intensified their assault on individuals and institutions perceived to be allied with Western forces.
Stretched over the course of many months, the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan was a relentlessly grueling process. To many, the election often seemed like it might never produce a winner. Throughout, the Afghan media sector tirelessly reported on the ins and outs of the election – and the campaigning, run-off voting, accusations of fraud, and international audit that accompanied it.
"During the prolonged electoral process, we kept working hard to cover the entire process," recalled journalist Mohammad Hassan Khetab.