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Kamran Mir Hazar to speak at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo

Is Kabulpress.org founder and publisher
Robert Maier
Monday 24 March 2008

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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 over the past six years. He will also be reading from his past work.

The event is being co-sponsored by the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), based in Norway, which assists writers facing political persecution in their own countries. Kamran has been an author, media activist and blogger, since winning a poetry prize in high school. His outspoken and persistent political writings have resulted in several arrests, illegal detentions, and numerous threats of violence against him.

"Dangerous Words" will include the author, Soudabeh Alishahi, a female Iranian author now living in exile, and Mansur Rajih, a poet from Yemen who was imprisioned in his home country for fifteen years.

The Nobel Peace Center was opened in 2005 to honor past Nobel Peace Prize laureates by providing a central facility for art exhibits, film presentations, lectures, and meetings, which promote the quest of Alfred Nobel to bring peace to the world.

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  • Dear Kamran,

    Congratulations!

    Your participation in this event is indeed a happy happening for the outspeakers throughtout Afghanistan and through this event once again break the chains and the barbed wires of censorship of media and threats against the media activits in Afghanistan as you do by KabulPress and ask for the immediate release of Parwiz Kambakhsh too in addition to talk about an overall situation of freedom of media in Afghanistan.

    This is a struggle,although being far from homeland, but keep it up. it’s great!

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  • Dear Kamran,
    Congratulations on getting the opportunity to address an elite forum.
    Over the past years the ever-degrading representatives of the people - the white collar crooks, have truly made me sick. It is painful to find western think-tanks and Afghan fundamentalists in complete coherence in the current administration and then there is the ongoing Islamisation of the schools, the society and the media - all run by a bunch of political Taliban and thugs. And with these people in charge, things can only get worse.
    Unfortunately, the little heard earned rights will soon be hunted down by Talibanisation; unless we all put up a fight.

    Do us proud!

    repondre message

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