January 14, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
Choudhury may not be a household name
is a journalist from Bangladesh. He edits a paper there.
the target of violence and death threats.
he’s been sentenced to seven years in prison.
In 2003, he
wanted to visit Israel to attend a conference on coexistence. In Bangladesh,
that can land you in jail.
he’s written about the importance of understanding Israel, not vilifying it.
appealed for Muslim-Jewish cooperation. But that, too, is an unwelcome message,
it seems, to the Bangladeshi authorities.
awarded Choudhury our Moral Courage Award, his government wouldn’t let him come
to Washington to accept it.
Bangladesh for now sending this courageous journalist to prison!
counts on our silence and indifference to one man’s fate.
Join us in
standing up for Salah Choudhury. He deserves our support.
Help by taking action online at ajc.org.
David Harris of AJC.