International appeal to support the immediate release of a young Afghan Journalist


The case of Parwiz Kambakhsh, a reporter for the local newspaper, “Jahan-e Now,” and a student at Balkh University, requires the urgent attention of journalists and activists for freedom of expression.

Kambakhs was accused and has been unlawfully detained for three months for possessing an article, which discussed controversial verses of The Holy Quran regarding women’s rights.

We believe that the government of Afghanistan and his Excellency president Karzai has an important responsibility to secure free speech for journalists, especially in the area of religion, like the world’s leading democracies.

We pledge our support for and call on Mr. Karzai to work for the immediate release of Mr. Kambakhsh. He has strong support among those who care about freedom of speech and democracy, and they are distributing the facts of this case world-wide.

Show Your Support asks you to show your support for Parwiz and free speech in Afghanistan by posting a comment below. We will forward your comments to Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, and his spokesperson. Comments will also be forwarded to The International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Include your name, occupation, country of residence, and a comment asking for the release of Parwiz Kambakhsh

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