Afghan journalist sentenced to death

An Afghan reporter was sentenced to death for blasphemy yesterday in what the Institute for War and Peace Reporting said was an attempt to silence his brother, who is also a journalist.

A report in The Guardian said that Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh was found guilty of mocking Islam after he circulated an article that argued the prophet Muhammad had ignored women’s rights. He denied writing the report.

The IWPR said the case against Kammbakhsh was a fabrication, designed by warlords in Northern Afghanistan to silence his brother, who was written investigative reports exposing human rights abuses.

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