( dpa ) - The United States is "concerned" about the death sentence handed down to an Afghan journalist and was raising the issue with Afghan officials, the US State Department said Friday.
"We're concerned about the sentence that was handed down to a reporter for basically practicing his profession," deputy spokesman Tom Casey said.
Three judges sentenced Sayed Parvez Kambakhsh, 23, to death Tuesday in a closed hearing for downloading and distributing an article by a Iranian scholar critical of Islam.
A journalist for the daily Janan-e-Naw, Kambakhsh's case has sparked outrage from the United Nations, human rights groups and freedom of the press advocates.
"There's an appeal process that is under way, and certainly we're going to be looking at that very carefully, and hopefully there will be a different outcome to this than the one that's presently there," Casey said.
"We wouldn't want to see any actions taken that would limit his or anyone else's freedom of the press or freedom of expression," Casey said.