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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Afghan Court Sentences Journalist to Two Years for Anti-Islamic Articles

An Afghani court has sentenced journalist Ali Mohaqiq Nasab to two years in prison for publishing anti-Islamic articles in his magazine Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's RIghts). Mohaqiq, who defended himself in the Primary Court, which is heavily influenced by the Ulema Council, a body of conservative clerics, indicated that he plans to appeal. UN spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the international body was "concerned" about the case. The government commission in charge of the media had not found Mohaqiq guilty of any wrong-doing prior to the verdict. Read more here and here.

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