Thursday, January 31, 2008

The story on the front of this morning's Indy is another indication of the fight that have for free speech around the world.

The paper reports that

A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet. The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers. This is Afghanistan – not in Taliban times but six years after "liberation" and under the democratic rule of the West's ally Hamid Karzai.
Mr Kambaksh, 23, distributed the tract to fellow students and teachers at Balkh University with the aim, he said, of provoking a debate on the matter. But a complaint was made against him and he was arrested, tried by religious judges without – say his friends and family – being allowed legal representation and sentenced to death.

Hats off to the Independent for luanching the campaign.What this illustrates though is that after over 6 years since the country was liberated of the Taliban,its road to democracy and free speech has a long way to go.Perhaps the coalition should consider whether it can continue to support a regime that inacts these kind of laws and a President who is far from being a friend of the West

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