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Shock at death sentence passed on young journalist for blasphemy

first_img News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” June 2, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific A court in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif today passed the death sentence on a young journalist, Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, for alleged blasphemy. Reporters Without Borders appeals to President Hamid Karzai to intervene before it is too late. January 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shock at death sentence passed on young journalist for blasphemy Organisation A court in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif today passed the death sentence on a young journalist, Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, for alleged blasphemy. The trial was held behind closed doors and without any lawyer defending him. His brother, fellow journalist Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, told Reporters Without Borders: “I saw my brother leave the court. He was very anxious. All the family was, too.”“We are deeply shocked by this trial, carried out in haste and without any concern for the law or for free expression, which is protected by the constitution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Kambakhsh did not do anything to justify his being detained or being given this sentence. We appeal to President Hamid Karzai to intervene before it is too late.”At a news conference yesterday, Hafizullah Khaliqyar, the deputy provincial prosecutor in charge of the case, threatened to imprison all journalists who support Kambakhsh, adding that “Kambakhsh has confessed to the crime and must be punished.”Kambakhsh was supposedly arrested because of a controversial article commenting on verses in the Koran about women, although it has now been established that he was not the article’s author. Rahimullah Samandar, the head of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association, said he was in fact arrested because of articles written by his brother, Ibrahimi, criticising the provincial authorities.A reporter for the newspaper Jahan-e Naw (“The New World”) and a journalism student at Balkh university, Kambakhsh, 23, was arrested on 27 October. News Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Afghanistan Help by sharing this information News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Intelligence agency spied on newspaper reporter

first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union PortugalEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Portugal to go furthercenter_img PortugalEurope – Central Asia News August 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligence agency spied on newspaper reporter November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the weekly Expresso’s revelation in its 27 August issue that senior members of the Strategic Defence and Intelligence Service (SIED), Portugal’s foreign intelligence agency, illegally obtained access to the particulars of journalist Nuno Simas’ mobile phone calls and messages.The SIED was reportedly trying to identify Simas’ sources for an article for the daily Público on 7 August 2010 about alleged tension between the SIED and the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS), Portugal’s domestic intelligence agency.Expresso published copies of documents sent in 2010 to then SIED chief Jorge Silva Carvalho that include a very detailed list of all Simas’ calls and SMS messages from 19 July to 12 August 2010. Simas, who left Público in July 2011, confirmed to Expresso that the listed calls and messages were indeed his. The management of Público has filed a complaint accusing unknown persons of violation of privacy.“We firmly condemn these more than dubious activities on the part of the SIED and its former director, which gravely violate not only Simas’ privacy but also all journalists’ legitimate right to guarantee the protection of their sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The SIED has just done further harm to Portugal’s already worrying media freedom record.“As Simas’ August 2010 article was very clearly a matter of public interest, the domestic and foreign intelligence agencies should do everything possible to achieve a lasting solution to the tension between them, which led them to try to identify the persons who legitimately blew the whistle on this problem.”According to Expresso, the details of Simas’ calls and messages were passed to Carvalho by a SIED operations chief who was subsequently fired for providing Carvalho with information after Carvalho had left the SIED. This official allegedly had an accomplice within Optimus, Simas’ mobile phone operator, whose parent company also owns Público. The information seems to have been obtained unofficially, as the SIED’s internal files have no record of it.“We hail the decision by the public prosecutor’s office to open an investigation,” Reporters Without Borders added. “But we call for the investigation to be continued and for it to be given proper resources so that all those involved can be identified, including the most senior officials who clearly played an active role in this case. The intelligence services are official agencies that cannot be allowed to escape the state’s control. And Carvalho must explain his actions.“We also call on Optimus to carry out an investigation in order to identify the persons who directly or indirectly provided the SIED with Simas’ private data. Optimus is not supposed to divulge clients’ data to third parties without their consent, unless authorized to do so by court order, which it clearly did not have. The intelligence services are not the only ones at fault in this case and all involved should accept their share of the blame.”Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has described the case as “very grave” and has asked the secretary-general of the Portuguese Republic’s Intelligence System (SIRP), which oversees all the intelligence agencies, to carry out an internal investigation into the illegal activities revealed by Expresso. Help by sharing this information Organisation Newslast_img read more