An Afghan court sentences a 24-year-old former journalism student Parwez Kambakhsh to twenty years in jail for asking questions in class. According to Islamic law, he could have face the death penalty. His crime was asking questions about women’s rights. Kambakhsh’s lawyer was unable to question potential witness’s until the night before the trial. One of the witness’s testified that he was forced to testify against Kambakhsh or face expulsion from school by one of the professors. Kambakhsh may appeal the ruling.
In a country where we can say just about anything and face little if any consequences I think we sometimes take freedom of speech for granted. It seems that some are quick to cry violation of free speech anytime they are not allowed to say anything. I’ve even had someone accuse me of violating his first right to free speech by moderating comments that I felt were inappropriate.