Kamran Mir Hazar, founder and publisher of Kabulpress.org, the most read Dari news site in Afghanistan has been invited to appear at a special event titled "Dangerous Words" at the noted Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway on Thursday April 24 from 7pm-9pm. He will discuss various crises in Afghanistan, especially the growing problem of government censorship of media and official corruption that has resulted in the disappearance of millions of dollars in international assistance funds (...)
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Kamran Mir Hazar to speak at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo
24 March 2008, by Robert Maier
Parwiz "in constant danger," says brother
11 March 2008, by Reporters Without Borders
(RSF/IFEX) - On 11 March 2008, Journalist Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi gave a news conference at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris about the plight of his brother, Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a fellow journalist who is under sentence of death in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
"I last saw my brother on 7 March in prison," Ibrahimi said. "Like any prisoner sentenced to death, he was very anxious. And he is in danger all the time because there are around 30 criminals with him in (...)
Afghan journalist and champion of women’s rights arrested in Iran
10 March 2008, by Robert Maier
Afghan journalist, and editor, Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, aged 52 has been arrested in Qom, Iran. No further information is available regarding the charges, or Nasab’s condition. However, Mohaqiq Nasab is a noted Shiite sympathizer who promotes women’s rights, and a more liberal interpretation of Islamic law.
Mohaqiq Nasab, editor and founder of the monthly publication Haqoq-e-Zan (Women’s Rights) was sentenced by a Kabul court in October, 2005 to two years in prison, following a trial on (...)
Afghanistan: Annual Press Freedom Report 2008
13 February 2008
Area: 652,090 sq. km.
Languages: Pashto, Dari, Uzbek and around 30 other languages and dialects.
Head of state: Hamid Karzai.
Afghanistan, which has been destabilised by an increasingly violent civil war, finds it difficult to protect its journalists. The Taliban kidnapped and then killed two fixers working with an Italian special correspondent and have launched attacks on several media premises. A court sentenced a young journalist to death for alleged (...)
Photo of Parwiz Kambakhsh in Jail
7 February 2008, by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the undertakings given on 6 February 2008 by President Hamid Karzai as regards Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, the young journalist who has been sentenced to death on a trumped-up charge of distributing information that insulted Islam. Karzai told a delegation of Afghan journalists that they had no reason to worry about him.
"We want to believe that President Karzai really is determined to find a rapid solution to this appalling affair," the press freedom (...)
Head of NDS is against freedom of the press,
2 February 2008, by Kamran Mir Hazar
According to Afghanistan’s constitution and mass-media law, the Afghan Intelligence Service (NDS), Police, and Attorney General are not allowed to imprison or arrest journalists in Afghanistan. Only the Media Commission has the right to investigate accusations, and only then can cases be transferred to the Attorney General.
However, the Afghan Intelligence Service illegally pursues, arrests, prosecutes, and tortures local journalists every single day.
Two years ago, the NDS published a (...)
Karzai steps in: Kabulpress reports important updates in case of Parwiz Kambakhsh
31 January 2008, by Robert Maier
Kabulpress reports important updates in the case of Parwiz Kambakhsh today.
Afghanistan’s Upper House of Parliament rejected a previous statement released by it’s president, that supported the young journalist’s death sentence for possessing an article questioning women’s role in Islam.
The statement also said that Parwiz’s case should be handled by the Supreme Court, and that he had the constitutional right for representation by an attorney.
A demonstration in support of Parwiz was held (...)
Hamid Gilani, vice-president of Afghan senate, kisses the hand of Laura Bush
30 January 2008, by Robert Maier
Here is a photo of Hamid Gilani, vice-president of the upper house in Afghanistan’s Parliment. This was the group that wrote a letter supporting the death sentence of Afghan student and journalist, Parwiz Kambakhsh, for possessing documents discussing women’s role in the Koran.
Kissing the hand of a woman is also a crime in Islamic law.
These photos beg the questions: Shouldn’t Hamid Gilani be arrested and tried? Was it hypocrisy when the upper house supported the execution of a young (...)
Afghan Senate Leader, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, approves death sentence on Parwiz
30 January 2008, by Robert Maier
The upper house of the Afghan parliament has supported a death sentence issued against a journalist for blasphemy in northern Afghanistan. Parwiz Kambaksh, 23, was convicted last week of downloading and distributing an article insulting Islam. He has denied the charge.
The UN has criticised the sentence and said the journalist did not have legal representation during the case.
The Afghan government has said that the sentence was not final. A government spokesman said recently that the (...)
Mullahs increase threats against Parwiz
29 January 2008, by Robert Maier
Religious scholars in the two provinces of Parwan and Takhar on Sunday supported the court decision of awarding death sentence to Balkh journalist suspected of blasphemy.Six days back a court in northern Balkh province sentenced Parviz Kambaskhsh a third-year student of journalism faculty in northern Balkh province for publishing articles said to be blasphemous and insulting to Islam.
In a gathering in Takhar province the Ulema called on the appeal court to execute the decision of the (...)