Dear Colleagues ---
As of March 21, Ajmal Naqshbandi is still being held, even though Daniele Mastrogiacomo has been released. The Committee to Protect Journalists will continue to publicize Ajmal's case (our most recent release is at http://www.cpj.org/news/2007/asia/afghan20mar07na.html ), but we all know that it will not receive much media coverage now that Daniele is safe.
We all know how much we rely on people like Ajmal to do our job. Here is one small way we can help him. We are asking you and your employers to call or message the Afghan Embassy in Washington and the Afghan Mission to the United Nations, asking the Afghan government to work to secure Ajmal's release.
Here are the contacts. Phone calls and faxes are best:
H.E. Ambassador Said T. Jawad
Embassy of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202 483 6410
Fax: 202 483 6488
H.E Ambassador Zahir TANIN
Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations
360 Lexington Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (+1-212) 972 1212 or 972 1213 or 972 1221
Fax: (+1-212) 972 1216
Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
Bob Dietz Asia
Committee to Protect Journalists
330 Seventh Ave, 11th floor New York, NY 10001 +1 212 465 1004 ext 140
The Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending press freedom around the world.