1 – CAIR HELPS SECURE RELEASE OF AMERICAN JOURNALIST IN IRAQ
Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, was abducted while on assignment in Iraq on Jan. 7, 2006.
On behalf of dozens of American Muslim leaders, scholars and organizations, CAIR issued a statement to demand for her immediate and unconditional release. In part, it said: “We ask that her captors show mercy and compassion by releasing her so that she may return to her family. Certainly, no cause can be advanced by harming a person who only sought to let the world know about the human suffering caused by the conflict in Iraq.”
CAIR offices held multiple press conferences and translated their statements in Arabic. Through its worldwide credibility and access to international television audiences, it was CAIR’s hope that that these efforts could help convince Carroll’s captors to release her.
CAIR even sent a delegation of its top officials to Iraq to personally appeal for the reporter’s release. Fortunately, through the combined efforts of all involved, Carroll was released safely after 82 days in captivity.
SEE: Muslim Americans Seek Reporter’s Release (ABC)