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Saturday, 27 March, 2003


Fathi Al-Jahmi
Libyan Dissident Speaks Out After Being Attacked Outside His Home

Press Release From ALHURRA

For Release: March 26, 2004

Libyan Dissident Speaks Out After Being Attacked Outside His Home

Fathi Al-Jahmi, a Libyan dissident and human rights activist spoke with Alhurra during a live phone interview from his home after he was attacked by Libyan police this morning. He is currently held up in his home, and says he is surrounded by his attackers. On March 12, 2004, after encouragement from the United States, Al-Jahmi was released from prison after serving 16 months of a seven-year sentence. The political activist was incarcerated after he spoke out for democracy and free speech at an assembly in Tripoli, Libya, in October of 2002.

The following are quotes from his interview.

Fathi Al-Jahmi

I have been physically attacked this morning. The Qadafi regime is trying to suppress any possible change in the civil society, any sign of democracy and human rights, and the liberation of the ‘prisoners of conscience’. Its a dictatorship that acts violently and has no other way to act. I ask the international community to put him this regime to trial for what he did with Bu-Slim (ph) and the Libyan people, the Lockerbie case, the UTA, and all the immoral things he did against humanity and the Libyan people.

All my calls are distorted and my house is surrounded by security forces. I am not allowed to have visitors and they did not give me first aid care after they attacked me.

Alhurra (Arabic for "The Free One") is devoted primarily to news and information and broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East. In addition to reporting on regional and international events, the channel broadcasts discussion programs, current affairs magazines and features on a variety of subjects including health and personal fitness, entertainment, sports, fashion, and science and technology. The channel is dedicated to presenting accurate, balanced and comprehensive news.

Since its launch on February 14, 2004, Alhurra has interviewed some of the foremost leaders of today including U.S. President George W. Bush; U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE); Paul Bremmer, U.S. Administrator to Iraq; Habib ben Yahya, Foreign Minister of Tunisia; Abdul Wahab, Foreign Minister of Yemen; Nabil Shaath, Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority; and Mohammad Arkoun, Islamic Reformist.

Alhurra is operated by The Middle East Television Network, Inc., a non-profit corporation funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The BBG is a federal agency that supervises all U.S. nonmilitary international broadcasting. The channel broadcasts from studios in Springfield, Virginia and bureaus throughout the Middle East.

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