(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called for the release of two American journalists who were abducted in Gaza while working for the Jerusalem bureau of Fox News.
SEE: 2 Fox News Journalists Kidnapped in Gaza (AP)
In a statement, Nihad Awad, executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said:
“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the two journalists and ask that all parties to the Middle East conflict respect the right to gather and distribute information without fear of bodily harm or censorship. Those who target journalists or any other civilians only bring harm to whatever cause they espouse.”
Earlier this year, a CAIR delegation traveled to Iraq to make a public appeal for the release of Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com