Sunday, September 13, 2009

Press TV Forum on Torture

I just got home and while channel hopping tuned into Press TV. It was Andrew Gilligan's Forum, which tonight debated torture. The guests included the London Director of Human Rights Watch, Tom Porteous and the executive director of Repreive, Clare Algar.
How absurd, actually how disgusting! It is the anniversary of the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 and the Television station where the program is aired from, is funded by a junta which is holding show trials and forced confessions on its state TV. Gilligan is presenting a program debating torture on a TV which is funded by a regime that gang rapes male and female detainees who have taken part in peaceful protests and the likes of Andrew Gilligan, Tom Porteous and Clare Algar not once mention any human rights abuse in the country where their paymasters are ruling with an iron fist.

Contact details for HRW London Office:

Address: 2nd Floor, 2-12 Pentonville Road
London N1 9HF, UK
Tel: +44-20-7713-1995 dial 1 and then 206 Mobile: 07983984982
Fax: +44-20-7713-1800

Contact details for Clare Algar :


Sohrab said...

This in the same week that HRW's military analyst, tasked with the I/P desk, was discovered to be a Nazi paraphernalia fetishist.

Does HRW have any credibility left? It's been hijacked by extremists, anti-semites, and funded by the Saudi regime - that stalwart of human rights and compassion.

Mehrtash said...

I've been to HRW office in London, I think it is worth protesting outside them as you did the syrian embassy. Are you in?

I think they would be ignorant and defensive to our rants on the phone about their error... Lets take this public, subtle approaches here are no longer working. they know who press tv is, you made that clear to the public, and it was in the papers too.

Azarmehr said...

well pointed out Sohrab!

Babak said...

I am truly lost for words.... Have they got no shame in their rotten bodies???

Neda Mehregan said...

Dear Reprieve
This is what you say on your website:
We investigate, we litigate and we educate
We promote the rule of law around the world........................

Yet Clare Algar, your Exectutive Director appears on Press TV, a propaganda media station funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran, an illegitimate and terrorist government reponsible for the murder, unlawful arrest, torture and rape of innocent people. Yet not one word of this is mentioned on the programme. Surely your organisation is a joke and makes a mockery of upholding the rule of law or trying to help the underdog.

I suggest you start by educating your own staff who seem so ignorant as to appear on such a notorious media station in the first place. I am sorry to say that such behaviour and attitude can only be detrimental to the standing and good name of your organisation.

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