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Afghan journalist faces death sentence for ‘insulting Islam’

Afghan journalist faces death sentence for 'insulting Islam'
by: CBC News

Afghanistan's Senate has withdrawn a statement supporting a court's decision to execute a journalist convicted of insulting Islam.

Last week a three-judge panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif condemned 23-year-old Parwez Kaambakhsh for downloading allegedly blasphemous material from the internet.

The material, written in Farsi, the language of Iran, asked why a Muslim man may have four wives but women can't have multiple husbands.

The material also said Muslim fundamentalists err in their interpretation of the Qur'an by insisting women have to be subject to men.

Kaambakhsh, a journalism student, copied the material and gave it to other students.

The court said Kaambakhsh had confessed to blasphemy and had to be punished.

Read the entire article here: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2008/01/31/afghan-journalist.html

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