Thursday, November 23, 2006

Choudhury Update - Bangladesh & Around the World

Back in September, I blogged about Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, the Muslim journalist and editor of the largest tabloid English-language weekly in Bangladesh, The Weekly Blitz.

Dr. Richard Benkin of The Asian Tribune has been advocating Choudhury worldwide for some time now and he notes the following recent activities (H/T Jihad Watch and Michelle Malkin for the note that "new news" had occured):

On Tue 14 Nov 06: After he pled "Not Guilty" and attacked the legality of the proceedings, the court set the next date as January 22, 2007—a move intended to avoid taking any action under the tenure of the current government; but a move that also gave world opinion time to work.
When his younger brother, Sohail Choudhury, went to the police to complain that he was beaten, they responded that it was the Choudhurys' fault for their "alliance with the Jews." Even after we were successful in getting him released from prison, Choudhury faced continued harassment from the Bangladeshi government and Islamist radicals.

On Wed 15 Nov 06: Canada and Australia: After an article in one of Australia's largest dailies, as well as articles and radio shows about Choudhury in Canada, Members of Parliament and other officials from both countries began expressing concern over the Bangladeshi government's action in the Choudhury case.

On Thurs 16 Nov 06: Austria - The European Parliament passed three resolutions expressing concern about human rights in Ethiopia, Iran, and Bangladesh. Point seven of the resolution on Bangladesh "Calls for...the acquittal, of Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, the charging of whom runs counter to all the standards of international law and the conventions against violations of press freedom."

Spread the word to your corner of the world (or your local news agency). Since Bangladesh is waiting to "hear" the world's report, go shout from the walls to free Choudhury and absolve him of the charges.

All he did was TRY to tell the truth - in a world gone mad. He's a shining example of what Islam *could* be if the RIFs didn't control the Muslim heart.


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