World calls for the release of journalists

International Community signs petition for the immediate release of Al Jazeera Journalists held in Libya

    Statement from Al Jazeera calling for the release of their captured journalists.

    30 March 2011

    "International Community Calls for immediate release of Al Jazeera Journalists held in Libya
     
    We have been monitoring the developments in Libya for the past few weeks with extreme vigilance.  Every time there is a war or a major crisis almost always the first victims are the ones who report the events. The role of the journalist is to report all sides of the story, irrespective of the event or the place they are reporting from. The current turmoil in the region is no exception; we have seen the difficulties that journalists are going through, risking their personal welfare and lives to report the events on the ground. Many times the reporters themselves have become the target and victims of the very situation they have been covering.
     
    Our colleagues from Al Jazeera have been missing for over three weeks while covering the unfolding events in Libya – they are known to have been detained by the Libyan authorities near Zintan, north-west of the country and subsequently imprisoned in Tripoli. They include:
     
    - Ahmed Vall Ould Eddin

    - Kamel Al-Tallou

    - Ammar Al-Hamdan

    - Lutfi Al-Masoudi
     
    The detention and imprisonment of journalists are against the universal principles of the freedom of speech and against basic international human rights norms. Journalists undertaking their duties under extreme circumstances need to be protected at all circumstances.

    We, the undersigned strongly appeal to the government of Libya to take consideration of the rights of the journalists who have been held captive and to the human consideration of their families and to proceed to release them immediately, with same gesture of good will shown to all other journalist released over past two weeks.
     
    We expect that our call for the freedom of journalists will be heeded and we await the immediate release of all journalists detained"

    Signatories

    MALCOLM SMART, DIRECTOR OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S MIDDLE EAST PROGRAMME

    MOHAMED ABDEL DAYEM, PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
    COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

    FEDERACIÓN DE PERIODISTAS DE AMÉRICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE

    SIMON SPANSWICK, CHIEF EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATION FOR INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING

    ALAA SHALABY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MEMBER, BOARD OF TRUSTEES ARAB ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (AOHR)

    UNION OF CYPRUS JOURNALISTS

    GLOBAL NETWORK FOR RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT (GNRD) - SWITZERLAND
     
    INTERNATIONAL COALITION AGAINST WAR CRIMINALS-ICAWC –( 684 ORGANIZATION) -  FRANCE
     
    ARAB COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - FRANCE

    FRENCH OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – FRANCE

    THE INTERANTIOAL COALITION AGAINST WAR CRIMINALS, FRANCE

    KHALED AL-AQAILI, SECRETARY GENERAL, SOLIDARITY ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, GENEVA

    ABDEL RAHMAN ALI BERMAN, HEAD OF "SAJEEN" FOR PRISONERS RIGHTS, YEMEN

    SALEH AL-SERAIMI, DIRECTOR, CENTER OF RIGHTS STUDIES AND MEDIA, YEMEN

    DR. ABDEL-QAWI AL-SHUMAIRI, PRESIDENT, THE PHYSICIANS AND CHEMISTS SYNDICATE, YEMEN

    ALI AL-JA'ALI, HEAD, THE ORGANIZATION FOR COMBATING HUMAN TRAFICKING, YEMEN

    THE APRIL 17 YOUTH MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, SYRIA

    THE ARAB-EUROPEAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION

    THE ARAB-EUROPEAN CULTURE FORUM

    DAMASCUS CENTER FOR STUDIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS

    THE OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, FRANCE

    THE COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF THE EGYPT PEOPLE, FRANCE

    THE COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF THE TUNISIAN PEOPLE, FRANCE

    FREE VOICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, FRANCE

    ARAB ASSOCIATION FOR DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

    THE JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK, YEMEN

    AL-AMAL CITY FOR SOCIAL ASSIMILIATION, YEMEN

    AL-WAFD NEWSPAPER, EGYPT

    THE ARTICLE 13 COALITION FOR COMBATING CORRUPTION

    SUSAN AL-SADIQ ABDUSSALAM, DIRECTOR, NOON CNETER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, SUDAN

    DR. ADEL JASSIM AL-DAMKHI, DIRECTOR, THE KUWAITI ASSOCIATION FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS

    THE SUDANESE ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

    NEDAL MANSOUR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE CENTER FOR PROTECTING THE FREEDOM OF JOURNALISTS, JORDAN

    AHMED SALEM OULD BUHBINI, PRESIDENT, THE LAWYERS SYNDICATE, MAURITANIA

    AL-HUSSEIN OULD AMDU, PRESIDENT, THE JOURNALISTS SYNDICATE, MAURITANIA

    ABDUL-RAHMAN OULD HARMA OULD BABANA, PRESIDENT, THE COMMITTEE FOR RESPECTING THE ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF JOURNALISM, MAURITANIA

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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