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CAIR to Hold News Conference in Jordan Seeking Journalist’s Release

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE IN JORDAN SEEKING JOURNALIST’S RELEASE
U.S. Muslim leaders to issue joint statement calling for Jill Carroll’s freedom

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/2006) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold news conferences in Amman, Jordan, and Canton, Michigan, to call for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll who was abducted January 7th in Iraq while on assignment for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

Carroll’s kidnappers threaten to kill her by Friday unless U.S. military authorities release all Iraqi women in their custody. (Iraqi officials say that six of the eight women being held by coalition forces in Iraq will be released.)

A CAIR delegation is on its way to Iraq to make a public appeal for Carroll’s release. Because of the short deadline, the delegation will hold an initial news conference today in Amman. A second news conference will be held in Baghdad on Friday.

SEE: American Islamic Group Heads to Middle East to Plead for Journalist’s Release
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1519995

WHAT: CAIR News Conference in Amman, Jordan, Calling for the Release of Jill Carroll
WHEN: 9 p.m. Local Time (Seven hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.)
WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel, Near 3rd Circle, Amman, Jordan SEE: http://www.amman.intercontinental.com/
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

CAIR will also hold a news conference today in Michigan, Carroll’s home state, at which local Muslim leaders will call for her immediate release.

WHAT: Michigan Muslims to Call for Release of U.S. Journalist Held in Iraq
WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. (local time)
WHERE: Muslim Community of Western Suburbs Mosque, 40440 Palmer Road, Canton, Michigan, 48188
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, 248-569-2203, E-Mail: cairmichigan@yahoo.com

SEE: Let Young Writer Go, Metro Muslims Urge
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/NEWS05/601190471/1007/NEWS

Along with the delegation to Iraq and the Michigan news conference, CAIR is also coordinating a joint appeal to be issued later today by national Muslim leaders calling for Carroll’s safe return to her family.

On Tuesday, CAIR issued a statement, which was translated into Arabic and distributed to Middle Eastern media outlets, calling for Carroll’s “immediate and unconditional” release.

SEE: CAIR Calls For Release of U.S. Journalist in Iraq
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1950&theType=NR

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 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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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org.

 

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