Monday, August 18, 2008

Trial Begins for Pro-Israel Muslim Journalist in Bangladesh

Send Him E-Mails of Support; Don't Buy Clothes From Bangladesh
By Debbie Schlussel

Lori Lowenthal Marcus informs me that the trial of our friend, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, began . . . As readers know, I've written about the plight of Mr. Choudhury and he has quoted me in some of his work.

Choudhury--a Muslim, one of the few truly moderate ones--is on trial in Bangladesh, under penalty of death, for daring to advocate ties with Israel, trying to travel there to deliver a speech, and for attacking extremism in Islam. For those "crimes against humanity" he not only stands trial but may lose his life. Yet there is virtually no media coverage. He is an independent journalist and the editor of "The Weekly Blitz."

But the mainstream media journalists who usually pay special attention to the plight of other journalists are turning a blind eye. The only one who has really been covering it is the fantastic Jerusalem Post investigative reporter Michael Freund, who turned me on to the story.

Lori sends this e-mail from Choudhury to Richard Benkin, the American who long ago took up his cause. I urge you to send him an e-mail of moral support:
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