Amrullah Saleh, the former head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, is at the centre of a recent Sputnik report that he calls 'a complete lie'.
News websites such as the Russian outlet Sputnik lack journalistic integrity, routinely publishing inaccurate news and exaggerations, according to observers.
The women working for Zan TV face threats from ISIS, the Taliban and even their families, but they say they will continue to provide a voice for Afghan women and girls.
Defections and battlefield losses have reduced the local ISIS presence from a peak of as many as 3,000 fighters to a maximum of 800, but it still remains a threat.
Female journalists face threats from the Taliban and from their families and workplace discrimination.