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Imprisoned 15

Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, Hoqoq-e-Zan Magazine Editor

Kabul

October 1, 2005

Time in prison: two months and 24 days

Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, editor of Hoqoq-e-Zan Magzine in Kabul, was detained for publishing a controversial article that some considered blasphemous.

A primary court in Kabul charged him of blasphemy to Islam convicting him to two years in prison. His sentence was later alleviated to six months jail.

One dozen charges were brought against Nasab ranging from humiliation to Allah to denying legitimacy of sunnah. Nasab said he was a strict believer in Islam and apologized for hurting religious sentiments of some people.

He was freed on Jaddi, 1384 after two months and 24 days in prison.

Syed Ahmad Qani, Naranj Monthly editor

Time in prison: 23 days

Kandahar

January 9, 2006

Syed Ahmad Qani, editor of Naranj monthly, was detained by the US forces from his home in Kandahar city on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha.

He was taken to the US military base in Kandahar airport. Four of Qani’s neighbors were also detained in the raid that targeted his house and the neighbors.

The US military said in a statement they had seized materials used in making explosives from a nearby residential area and that they have arrested five people in connection to that.

It said the local journalist was freed after investigations found that he was innocent.

Qani said the US military acted on wrong information given to it by some personal enemies of him.

Abdul Qudos, Radio Solh reporter

Time in prison: 11 months

Kabul

February 14, 2006

Abdul Qudos, reporter for Radio Solh (Peace Radio) in Parwan province was detained in Kabul while staying there for a training workshop.

He was arrested by the Parwan provincial police from his residence in Kabul.

The Media Watch said Qudos was receiving a training organized by Nye about journalism in Kabul.

Abdul Rahman Syed Khili, the provincial police chief of Parwan, said Qudos had did a failed attempt to assassinate Samia Sadat, an MP from Parwan.

However, there are no details about the attempt, only it is known so far that a bodyguard of Ms Sadat was wounded in an attack.

He was freed on 11 Jaddi, 1358 after he was found innocent during the investigations.

The MP who accused Qudos of attempted assassination never turned out to the court despite frequent calls from the court in Parwan. That caused Qudos to remain in jail for 11 months.

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