Friday, February 26, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mounzer Sleiman, Ph.D
Telephone: (202) 341-7047
WAAJ EXPRESSES SERIOUS CONCERN OVER HR 2278 UNWISELY
TARGETTING ARAB MEDIA
The Bill Paves the Way to Crack Down on Freedom of Expression
While the Bill sponsors maintain that the intention is not to suppress freedom of expression, if it passes the Senate, is precisely what it seeks to accomplish. The
United States is historically credited with uncompromising resolve to defend freedom of expression; however, the Bill and its sponsors are setting a dangerous precedent to the contrary. As CNN’s veritable journalist, Fareed Zakaria, eloquently argued on his show broadcast on Sunday, February 21, 2010, “… freedom of speech … competition of ideas … and the exporting of these ideas have historically been the cornerstone” of U.S. Foreign Policy.
The sponsors rush to pass into law a repressive measure is disturbing and may lead to legitimizes further acts of containing a vibrant freedom of expression current. We urge our colleagues in the various outlets of
U.S. media to expose this narrative and continue to support expressions to bring political reform.
The Washington Association of Arab Journalists (WAAJ) is a professional organization, based in
, and represents accredited Arab journalists. Washington, D.C.