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Afghan Journalist Given Two-Year Jail Sentence for Blasphemy

An Afghan court has sentenced a women's magazine editor to two years in prison for publishing anti-Islamic articles.

Ali Mohaqiq Nasab was arrested on October 1 after his magazine, Haqooq-i-Zan, (Women's Rights) argued that giving up Islam was not a crime that should be punished by death, as sanctioned by some interpretations of Islamic Sharia law.

Other articles criticized the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes and argued that men and women should be considered as equals under Islamic law.

On Saturday, Kabul's Primary Court convicted Mohaqiq of blasphemy. The case was condemned by a number of Afghan and international media rights groups.

Under a revised March 2004 media law, content deemed insulting to Islam is banned in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.