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But the power and influence of this new generation of online journalists has captured the attention of repressive governments around the world, and they have accelerated their counterattack," the Washington Times quoted CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon as saying.
CPJ Board Chairman Paul Steiger said in a statement: These are the front-line reporters who risk their lives and their liberty to bring the news not only to the people of their own countries but to a global audience.
"Our award winners embody what CPJ stands forthe right of journalists everywhere to report the news as they see it," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said.
Elated at the CPJ decision, Karokhel linked the accolade to his consistent commitment to the freedom of expression under unfavourable circumstances.
Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Afghanistan chapter of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) and the Ministry of Information denounced the murder.
The CPJ described the loss of Rohani as a terrible indicator of the dangers journalists face in Afghanistan.
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