Afghanistan: Afghan journalist detained for "blasphemy"
Kambakhsh was accused of mocking Islam and the holy book, the Koran, and for distributing an article which said Prophet Mohammad had ignored the rights of women.
Activists gathered outside at the Human Rights Commission's office in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh, demanding the journalist's release.
Habibullah Habib, the head of Balkh University, said Kambakhsh was detained following accusations by his classmates and an investigation had begun.
Kambakhsh's brother, Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi who is also a journalist, said the charges were false.
Security officials refused to comment on the matter.
Blasphemy is punishable by death in Islam and Afghanistan is a deeply conservative Islamic country.
Since the ousting of Taliban's radical Islamic government in 2001, dozens of newspapers and other publications, some funded by foreigners, have sprung up in Afghanistan which is going through an unprecedented wave of press freedom in its history.
Several years ago, two journalists were detained for making blasphemous comments, but the pair managed to escape and have been given asylum in a Western country.
In 2006, an Afghan facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity was freed and given asylum in Italy after intervention from Western leaders.
By: Sayed Salahuddin, Sanjeev Miglani and Tahir Qadiry
12 January 2008
- Turkey: International intellectuals call on the Turkish government to desist from its repression of popular protest
- Iran's 'Zahra' Tells Alternate Tale Of Presidential Campaign
- Tunisia: European Women go on Trial for Topless Protest
- Afghanistan: Number of women jailed for fleeing abuse soars!
- Afghanistan: Afghan protest against women's rights legislation
- Sudan: Female lawyer detained, risks torture!
- Sudan: New arrests of Nuba activists!
- Sudan: Khadija Mohamed Badr Health Deteriorating in Detention
- Bahrain: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition Statement on Bahrain in Solidarity with Al Khawaja
- Afghanistan: End the Unlawful Criminalisation of Women and Girls Based on 'Moral Grounds'