Sunday, March 12, 2006

How you can help Freedom of the Press take hold in the Middle East.

Just in case you haven't heard about the case of Mohammed Al-Asadi, he's the editor in Chief of the Yemen Observor.

A few weeks after the whole Danish Cartoons fiasco, Mr. Al-Asadi made the tragic mistake of publishing the actual cartoons with a description of the events that have led to all the demonstrations Yemenis have been seeing in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, the Palestinian Territories, etc... (Sound familiar?)

The result: A warrant was issued for his arrest for violating article 103 (a) of the Press and Publications Law number 25 of 1990, which prohibits "publications that harm the Islamic faith and its sublime principles or that degrade the Semitic religions, and humanitarian beliefs.". When 2 other Yemeni journalists tried to show a statement of solidarity, by publishing the cartoons themselves, the government never budged, and issued a warrant for they're arrest as well.

The whole issue is even more pathetic when you consider that the journalists blacked out the Prophet's face in compliance of Islamic laws stating that the Prophet's face never be shown. But apparently that still wasn't enough.

This is predictable as the rise of new media and independent sources in Lebanon and Iraq have ruffled many feathers for those aiming to maintain the status-quo in the Middle East. So therefore to stop the spread of Independent media, states like Yemen have decided to suppress those that are under they're control.

Thankfully, Human Rights Watch and Reporters without borders have taken up the cause to bring Al-Asadi's case to the worldwide audience. And have launched a e-mail petition demanding his release.

This is one of the many bloodless ways which we can help freedom take hold in the Middle East.

All you have to do is send an e-mail to:

and they'll usually handle the lobbying in front of International organizations and Governments. However this isn't like any other online petition:

Usually online petitions are not credible as they to draw allot of spam and trolls. For this petition validity is ensured.

1. Make sure you use a proper traceable e-mail service like Sympatico, Rogers, Videotron, AOL etc...not Hotmail, Yahoo etc...

2. Make sure you include Your full name, address and phone number. (They keep that information 100 per cent confidential, its just for validating purposes.).

It takes 1 minute of your time, its well worth it, believe me. Reporters without borders have had some results due to they're lobbying, so this no amateur push.

(H/T Nadz)


At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How you can help Freedom of the Press take hold in the Middle East.

very simple just do what the pentagon does, plant propanganda stories in the newspaper.the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq. oh yes, america, land of the free press.,0,5638790.story?coll=la-home-headlines

At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Thanks for the broken link, now do you have anything constructive to say or will you continue to be a prick?

At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

broken link, sorry about that
i will be back soon with a working link

At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the link works fine

just copy past the link

At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so much for freedom of the press/blog here at arabian dissent
because if you agree with his views then everything is just peachy,
but if you happen to disagree with his views, watch out,
cause he'll call you a prick! freedom you gotta love it!
your more than welcome to call me all kinds of names
over at my site

At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Blogger Louise said...

jacobin, you are a jerk. There are journalists (and many, many other people) languishing in jails, or worse, and Arabian Knight is drawing attention to that. And what do you do? Tried old worn out, American bashing. If America returned to its isolationist policy, those journalists, et al, would still be suffering from varies forms of oppression and you wouldn't give a shit.

BTW, AK, I sent an email to the rsf address. Keep up the good work.

At Sunday, 12 March, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Ok Jacobin, last post on your topic. From now on, please keep commments releveant to the post.

1. Planting stories in papers does not infringe on the actual freedom of those papers.

2. The article clearly states that the "planted" stories were factualy correct and undisputable.

3. Sometimes to win the hearts and minds of people, you have to reach different channels to show the progress that's being made. And since this operation is not infringing upon anything, than I see no wrong in doing so.

4. The way the U.S. "de-nazified" Germany in the 40's and cleaned up Japan in the 50's involved a hell of alot more than just planintg stories.

So if that's the only beef you have, then it falls way short of what you were trying to imply.

At Monday, 13 March, 2006, Anonymous Anne (happier in Ontario) said...

Thanks for the information Arabian Knight, I will be making use of it shortly. Continue the great work!

At Monday, 13 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3. Sometimes to win the hearts and minds of people, you have to reach different channels to show the progress that's being made. And since this operation is not infringing upon anything, than I see no wrong in doing so.

if the americans are there to win hearts and minds, then their good deeds should speak for themselves, and no need for SECRETLY PAYING Iraqi newspapers to publish stories. why the secret? why the payoff? and lets say you are an iraqi in iraq, living the hell day in and day out and you learn that america in planting stories, would you trust them?

Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, (that is not freedom of the press) and omitting information is just as equal as not telling the truth

The military's effort to disseminate propaganda in the Iraqi media is taking place even as U.S. officials are pledging to promote democratic principles, political transparency and freedom of speech in a country emerging from decades of dictatorship and corruption--> ok this quote from the artical sums up brilliantly what i'm trying to imply,i was not trying to discourage you from trying to free the journalist, the hypocracy of "How you can help Freedom of the Press take hold in the Middle East" and then comparing that to what the americans are doing in iraq is unbelievable

Every speech we give in that country is about democracy. And we're breaking all the first principles of democracy when we're doing it," said a senior Pentagon official who opposes the practice of planting stories in the Iraqi media.-->again this sums it up perfectly

the reason why you don't see anything wrong with it, is probably because you assume that the people that write these stories are good people like yourself and that might be so (now), unfortunatly mankind isn't good in nature, i think the history of the world and its conflicts prove that, and that is why freedom, and the rule of law is so vital to democracy, once you start bending the rules here and there soon you will have tyranny. i believe the rise of nazi germany is a perfect example of democracy turning into tyranny by using propaganda.

U.S. law forbids the military from carrying out psychological operations or planting propaganda through American media outlets.--> there a reason why there is law, it's not because someone was bored one day and decided to write the law

more on this issue

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i'll be back!

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