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Afghanistan: Meeting Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh

Nasim Fekrat, an independent Afghan journalist, met with imprisoned journalism student Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh in Pul-e Charkhi prison.

He seemed disappointed and desperately waved at me. Only for a few seconds I got closer to him, closer to hear him, which was difficult because of the noise. Suddenly my left shoulder was pulled back roughly and I saw two policemen who asked me what I was telling to Kambakhsh.

The police men didn't allow me to get closer to him anymore. But I had a chance to tell Mr.Kambakhsh about the prize, that he become a winner by the Information Safety and Freedom award (ISF) in Italy. He expressed his feeling to be happy to hear that, but the final words I heard from him were: “I need help to get out of the prison.”

The police men didn't give me another chance to talk with him anymore, so I waved to him and promised to spread his message outside.

Global Voices has covered Kambakhsh's continuing legal troubles here, here, and here.

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