Malali Bashir is a journalist, senior editor and producer with RFE/RL’s Afghan Service, known locally as Radio Azadi. Bashir reports on a range of topics related to Afghanistan, often with a women’s rights perspective. She is the producer and presenter of a Pashto video and TV show about Afghans with significant achievements in the diaspora, particularly women.
Bashir received the Afghan Professionals Network’s (APn) 2018 Aspire Award for outstanding achievement in the Media sector. She is also Winner of the 2015 Social Media Award in the Twitter Power User category in Afghanistan. She often speaks on different issues from human rights to terrorism, peace and security, misinformation, disinformation, and extremist propaganda. Along with her work at RFE/RL, Bashir has written for BBC Pashto, Foreign Policy, and The Daily Times, and has edited Afghan magazines. Prior to her journalistic work, Malali was a Fulbright scholar at Brandeis University, Massachusetts. Malali paints and writes poetry. She has also received an award for her feminist poetry from Merman Baheer Literary Circle of Afghanistan.