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Afghan Newspaper Staffers Arrested In Kabul

An Afghan government commision that oversees the media is taking journalists from the daily "Payman" to the Supreme Court to be prosecuted, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

The commission accuses "Payman" of printing articles that are anti-Islamic and anti-religion.

It also accuses the chief editor and other staffers at the daily of insulting the beliefs of Afghans and committing unlawful acts.

The Religious Council of Afghanistan called in a decree for the government to put the editorial staff of the daily on trial.

The daily wrote in the January 14 issue of the newspaper that officials from the Supreme Court have arrested seven members of the "Payman" staff.