Afghan J-Student Sentenced for Blasphemy

A journalism student in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for blasphemy, ironic because it is actually being hailed as a small victory by human rights advocates who were worried the sentence would be death.

 

According to The Associated Press:

 

Prosecutors alleged that [24-year old Parwez] Kambakhsh disrupted classes by asking questions about women’s rights under Islam.  They also said he illegally distributed an article he printed off the Internet that asks why Islam does not modernize to give women equal rights..  He also allegedly scribbled his own comments on the paper.

 

The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and the International Federation of Journalists have each made public statements of distaste about various facets of the case. The scariest charge: Kambakhsh’s sentence may be a consequence of his journalist brother’s criticisms of the country’s political leaders and atrocious human rights record.

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