Presidential pardon for journalist who published translation of Koran

first_img March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en News News April 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential pardon for journalist who published translation of Koran News Reporters Without Borders hails President Hamid Karzai’s decision to pardon former journalist Ahmed Ghous Zalmai, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2008 for publishing a translation of the Koran into Dari (the Persian dialect spoken in Afghanistan).Issued a few days ahead of the Persian New Year festival of Nawruz, the pardon also affects Mohammad Ateef Noori, the printer, and Qari Mushtaq, the mullah who approved the translation.“President Karzai is repairing an injustice in which three men were severely punished for just wanting to promote understanding of the Koran within the Dari-speaking population,” Reporters Without Borders said.An Afghan culture ministry official confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that the three men have already been freed. International Pen, for its part, was able to speak to the Zalmai family after his release.More information about Ahmed Ghous Zalmai: to go further Receive email alertscenter_img News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Organisation last_img

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