Thursday, March 12, 2009

20 Years in Jail for "Blasphemy"

OK this guy's got it worse than Muntathar al Zaidi:

Afghan Court Backs Prison Term for Blasphemy

I just heard that from Keith Olbermann. "The student, Parwiz Kambakhsh, 24, from northern Afghanistan, was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to death for blasphemy after accusations that he had written and distributed an article about the role of women in Islam."

He wrote about the role of women in Islam? 20 years for writing about the role of women in Islam? Also shocking is that he denies he is the writer. He says he downloaded it from the internet!

"Journalists and news organizations flourished in the early post-Taliban years under President Hamid Karzai, but have increasingly suffered from threats and attacks from the Taliban and pressure from the government and religious conservatives."

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