Afghanistan: Exclusive account about the young journalist sentenced to death for blasphemy



    Meeting with the press

    MONTREAL, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, the brother of
Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, the journalist under sentence of death in Afghanistan
for blasphemy, is in Paris. He will talk about what has happened to his
brother.

    At 11 a.m. on Tuesday 11 March
    At Reporters Without Borders headquarters
    47 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris
    Metro: Grands Boulevards, Bourse

    A court sentenced Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh to death on a blasphemy charge
at the end of a summary trail held behind closed doors in the northern city of
Mazar-i-Sharif on 22 January. The lawyer appointed by the family to defend him
did not attend the trial for fear of reprisals. A journalism student and
reporter for Jahan-e Naw ("The New World"), Kambakhsh has been detained since
27 October.
    His brother, Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, a journalist who has written about
human rights violations in northern Afghanistan, is in France to call for his
release and for his conviction to be overturned.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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