Press freedom groups greet secret release of Afghan journalist

Excellent news about the release of Parwiz (aka Perwiz or Pervez) Kambakhsh, the young Afghan student journalist sentenced to 20 years for downloading and distributing material from the internet about the rights of women under Islam. Initially, Kambakhsh had been sentenced to death.

Predictably, conservative and religious groups in Afghanistan have reacted with fury at President Hamid Karzai’s secret pardon for the 24-year-old, who was arrested in October 2007 and quietly freed from jail some weeks ago.

See also Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh is freed and goes abroad, a related article by Reporters Without Borders.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013