Afghan Central Press

Newspapers from Afghanisten

Afghan Central Press - CoversThe digital archives of 4 newspapers originating from Kabul are available for testing. Among them, three were published in Pershian/Pushto and one in English. The issues are mainly from the second half of the 20th century.

To the Archives

Modes of access

Our Specialized Information Services has arranged a test period for our circle of users until the end of March 2021. In case of positive feedback, we would consider a permanent license.

About the Archive

Content (according to the provider East View)

“The Afghan Central Press collection brings together four national, Kabul-based publications of Afghanistan whose long runs and prominence provide a concentrated vantage point for understanding developments in Afghanistan for much of the twentieth century. The English-language Kabul Times is presented alongside Pushto publications Anīs (انیس), Hewād (هیواد) and Iṣlāḥ (اصلاح) .

Together, the archives of these newspapers provide a chronicle of events from the fall of the Kingdom of Afghanistan, the establishment of the People’s Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, the Soviet invasion, the rise of the Mujahedeen, the establishment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, invasion by the United States and the ensuing period of reconstruction from the view of the capital.”

Text recognition

The full text of the archive was obtained by digital character recognition (OCR). Pershian/Pushto are difficult languages in this process. Earlier editions and those based on microfilms have a lower recognition rate.


Attention: Unfortunately the provider made bad experiences in several countries with mass or automated downloads during the test phase. Therefore the PDF download has been deactivated. If the database is licensed, this restriction will not exist.

Modes of Access

Access is available to members of the institutions of our circle of users till the end of March 2021. Authentication is based on the IP numbers of the respective network.

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