Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Afghan Journalist Now Free -- He Had Been Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy for Downloading an Article About the Rights of Women in Islam

A 23-year-old journalism student and reporter who was sentenced to death and then to 20 years in prison for downloading an article about the rights of women in Islam was secretly pardoned and released several weeks ago.  Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh had been arrested in October 2007 on a charge of “blasphemy and distribution of texts defamatory of Islam.”  He has now fled Afghanistan for fear of reprisals.  Click here to read more from the website for Reporters Without Borders.  The website includes a video interview.

(mew)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/international_law/2009/09/afghan-journalist.html

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