Massoud Hossaini is a staff photojournalist for Agence France-Presse and the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for his image of a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Born in Afghanistan in 1981, Hossaini’s parents fled with him and his family to Iran when he was six months old to escape Soviet occupation. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States he returned to Afghanistan to join Aina, a cultural organization, and work as an independent photographer until joining the French news agency in 2007.
In part one of a two-part interview conducted in Hong Kong in September 2012, Hossaini discusses the current status of the news media industry in Afghanistan and press freedom issues in the coming years.
Below is the transcript of the video interview.
EurasiaNet.org: How has the Afghan news media profession changed in the past five to ten years?
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