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Our friends at the Overseas Press Club have shared the following resources for journalists still working in Afghanistan:
The U.S. State Department
On August 2, the State Department announced it was expanding eligibility to its U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Priority 2 Designation to Afghan nationals who worked for U.S.-based media organizations and their family members. Afghan nationals cannot apply to the program themselves; the most senior employee of the organization they worked for must submit the referral package to USRAPAfghanReferrals@state.gov. Once that package is deemed complete, the Afghan national has made their own way to a third country, the processing of their application will begin, which can take months. Here is more about the program, and here are instructions for employees on how to refer someone.
The Pakistan Embassy in Kabul has decided to facilitate visas for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Here is information on how to apply.
Canada announced plans to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Afghans "who contributed to Canada's efforts in Afghanistan," including journalists. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journalists in Distress
The Journalists in Distress group (JID) is made up of 18 international organizations, including Committee to Protect Journalists, that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers. For more information, please contact email@example.com.