CAIR Issues New Arabic Appeal for Journalist’s Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/1/2006) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today sent a new appeal in Arabic to Middle Eastern media outlets calling for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll.
The appeal, sent to CAIR’s extensive database of contacts in the Arabic media, repeated the Washington-based group’s past statement that no cause can be served by targeting journalists who are trying to relate the human suffering caused by war.
On Monday, Al-Jazeera aired a new videotape showing Carroll weeping as she appealed for the release of female Iraqi prisoners.
CAIR recently sent a delegation to Iraq to issue a public appeal for Carroll’s immediate and unconditional release.
Along with the delegation to Iraq and a news conference in Michigan, Carroll’s home state, CAIR also coordinated a joint appeal for her freedom issued by national Muslim leaders.
In December, CAIR held a news conference at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to call for the release of members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams also taken hostage in Iraq.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters 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.
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