10 July 2008
SOURCE: Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Paris
(RSF/IFEX) - Hundreds of Afghan journalists and writers took part in demonstrations on 8 July 2008 in 15 provinces to call for the release of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a young journalist under sentence of death. This exemplary show of solidarity came as Kambakhsh’s appeal against his conviction has ground to a halt in Kabul and no date has been set for the next hearing.
"The appeal court should have quashed Kambakhsh’s death sentence (...)
Freedom of Speech
Hundreds of Afghan journalists and writers demonstrate in Kabul in support of journalist under death sentence
10 July 2008, by Reporters Without Borders
10 July 2008
Kabulpress.org website hacked and damaged
7 July 2008, by Robert Maier
Kabulpress.org, Afghanistan’s most read internal news site was knocked off the Internet for about 18 hours beginning late Sunday July 6, 2008 after an unauthorized party gained access to its on-line files, and replaced the home page with a video warning that death would be coming soon.
According to Kabulpress.org editor-in-chief, Kamran Mir Hazar, the site’s home page was deleted and replaced by the group’s “calling card” page (see screen shot). Although the calling card stated that this was (...)
Afghan Radio journalist illegally detained by officials in Daikondi Province
19 June 2008, by Robert Maier
Afghan journalist and chief editor of Radio Daikondi, Mohammad Raja, was detained Wednesday night by local authorities. He was released Thursday morning, but it is feared that he will be detained again.
Raja had recently delivered several reports criticizing the governor Sultan Ali Orozgani and the mayor of the province located in central of Afghanistan. This was Raja’s second detention in recent months. Orozgani has made it known that he wants full control of Radio Daikondi, which is a (...)
Trial of Afghan journalist facing death sentence delayed fourth time
16 June 2008, by Robert Maier
The fourth trial of journalist Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh scheduled for Sunday, June 15, was delayed again by the judges in the case. Medical evidence has been submitted showing Kambakhsh was tortured during interrogations at the Balkh provincial jail, nevertheless the judges delayed the trial. Yakub Kambakhsh, older brother of Parwez, and a noted journalist himself said, “Now we have found out that there is no impartial court in Afghanistan, even in the capital. Yesterday showed that all (...)
CPJ: As Karzai seeks aid, a call for press freedom
11 June 2008
President Hamid Karzai
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
C/o The Embassy of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Washington , D.C. 20008
Via facsimile: 202-483-6487
Dear President Karzai:
News reports have described your plan to present a $50 billion, long-term development strategy to international donors in Paris on Thursday. Those reports have also noted the concerns of international donors about allegations of widespread corruption in Afghanistan .
Free and robust news media serve (...)
Afghanistan: Open letter to President Hamid Karzai before the Paris reconstruction conference
11 June 2008
HE Hamid Karzai
President of the Republic
Kabul - Afghanistan
Paris, 11 June 2008
Dear Mr. President,
Reporters Without Borders urges you, on the eve of tomorrow’s conference in Paris on Afghanistan’s development and reconstruction, to give a clear undertaking that your government will protect press freedom, which is currently under so much threat in your country.
Press freedom has, it is true, been one of the achievements of reconstruction in the almost seven years since the fall of (...)
BBC journalist killed in the south of the country
9 June 2008
Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep sadness at the murder of Abdul Samad Rohani, 25, a journalist working for the Pashtu service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The journalist’s body was found near the city of Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, one day after he was kidnapped. The previous day, 7 June, a contributor to BBC radio and television was killed in Somalia.
Rohani disappeared after his vehicle was stopped by armed men in the (...)
HOPES DASHED FOR AFGHAN JOURNALIST’S RELEASE
2 June 2008, by IWPR
Confusion and anger as judge orders indefinite postponement in blasphemy trial of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh.
By Jean MacKenzie (IWPR) in Kabul
The mood was almost festive at the start of the latest appeal hearing in the case of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, who has spent over seven months in prison facing execution on a charge of defaming Islam and the Prophet Muhammed.
A large sign in English proclaimed “This Way” with arrows pointing to the courtroom, and the large group of observers had (...)
Afghan journalist freed after being held for 86 days in Iran
30 May 2008, by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders announced the release yesterday of Afghan journalist Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of the monthly Haqoq-e-Zan (Women’s Rights), after being held for 86 days in an intelligence ministry prison in the holy city of Qom (150 km southwest of Tehran). "Nazab was held arbitrarily for three months," the press freedom organisation said. "The conditions were difficult and he was in solitary confinement for most of the time. He has been released conditionally and is (...)
Parwez Khambaksh Kabul appeal delayed again
25 May 2008, by Robert Maier
The appeal scheduled today, Sunday, May 25, of Parwez Kambakhsh the Afghan student/journalist who was sentenced to death after being charged with reading an Internet article about women’s right in Islam has been delayed again to next Sunday.
It is reported by his brother, Afghan journalist, Yaqub Ibrahimi, that due his long jail confinement in an unsanitary and unhealthy cell, he has fallen seriously ill. He is also suffering from severe psychological trauma that contributes to his rapidly (...)