Shahpoor Saber | Institute for War and Peace Reporting

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Shahpoor Saber

IWPR trainee

I was born in the village of Seyawoshan, Gozara District, in Herat province in 1979, and grew up in a cultured family. I now live in Herat city.<br /><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /> My father graduated from the military academy and in his last position, was commander of Herat airport until he resigned in 1988.<br /><br /> I entered the journalism faculty of Herat University in 2001 and began my journalism career while a student working on an independent newspaper. During my first year at university, I also worked with the Sada-e Jawan radio station which belonged to the university. All this work was unpaid but because I was very hard-working, the university chancellor's office decided to pay me a stipend of 80 US dollars monthly. I also worked with independent weekly Isar.<br /><br /> After obtaining my diploma from the university, I started working with a Danish aid agency, DACAAR, as the social officer and stayed for six months. I left because journalism was my first love, even though DACAAR tried its best to keep me.<br /><br /> A newly established radio station, Radio Faryad, offered me the position of head of political and news section. I then joined the English section of Al Jazeera TV, where I still work, but I still produce political debate programmes and news bulletins for the radio station. I have also been working for IWPR for a year.<br /><br /> During the Taleban regime and before entering university, I worked for the municipality of Herat in the departments of commerce, archives and personnel for three years.<br /><br /> Although I have done a range of different jobs, it is journalism that attracts me most.<br /><br /> I have also taken part in IWPR training workshops, which have taught me as much as university classes. Thanks to IWPR, I have learned a vast amount about different kinds of news and reporting, including investigative and feature work. It is no exaggeration to say IWPR has taught me all I know.<br /><br /> I have produced a number of exclusive stories for IWPR, including a full-length interview with Gholam Yahya Akbari, a man wanted by the Afghan and foreign forces for many years. Another important report was my piece on the anti-election propaganda of the Taleban; for this, I spent a lot of time with the Taleban, watching their every step. And when coalition forces raided Bakwah district in Farah province, killing 150 Afghan civilians, again I was the only one on the scene.<br /><br /> For me, a journalist has to be faithful, honest, impartial, and independent and has to care about the accuracy of his reports. Although speed is important, I believe that a journalist should not sacrifice accuracy for speed.

Shahpoor Saber
1 Aug 11
IWPR report on dire consequences of cheap imports for Herat factories triggers further press coverage.
Shahpoor Saber
1 Aug 11
IWPR report on dire consequences of cheap imports for Herat factories triggers further press coverage.
A shopping street in Herat. (Photo: Isafmedia/US. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)
Shahpoor Saber
14 Jun 11
Manufacturing sector struggles against flood of cheaper imports.
Taliban members in Kandahar surrender and join the government&amp;#039;s peace process, April 2011. (Photo: ISAF/Major James Crawford)
Mina Habib, Shahpoor Saber
13 May 11
Despite fears of revenge attacks, analysts predict insurgents’ morale and funding will be sapped.
Italian soldiers running a first-aid course for Afghans in Gozara province. Some residents are unhappy that promised reconstruction work has yet to materialise. (Photo: ISAF media)
Shahpoor Saber
9 May 11
Locals say insurgents feeding on resentment at undelivered pledges.
Shahpoor Saber
7 Jan 11
Best and brightest emigrate from Herat province to escape worsening prospects.
Some unsuccessful election candidates in Herat claim they were fell victim to a campaign to stop Pashtuns getting into parliament. (Photo: Tracy Hunter/Flickr)
Shahpoor Saber
16 Dec 10
With final election results released, unsuccessful contenders from Pashtun group say they were systematically excluded.
Shahpoor Saber
9 Nov 10
Last three months have seen a rise in insurgent activity across formerly peaceful region.
Taleban say they are strong enough to stop elections happening in parts of Herat province. (Photo: ISAF)
Bahman Boman, Shahpoor Saber
24 Aug 10
Voters and candidates in Balkh and Herat warn that security fears are disrupting election preparations.