Emma Graham-Harrison, who has frequently reported from Kabul for the Observer and the Guardian, assesses the full impact of last week’s suicide attack on the city

Afghanistan is not widely known for its media, but it should be. For the bravery shown by hundreds of reporters in the face of escalating carnage, but also because it is a beacon for free press in a region where that is rare.

In a country where officials are widely resented for corruption and incompetence, and security forces fight a deepening insurgency, a vibrant media at least means citizens know what is happening and have a platform to discuss it and challenge those in power.

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