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FSRN update

From: adrienne lauby
Date: Thu Oct 17, 2002 12:35 pm
Subject: October Newsletter: Free Speech Radio News


Hello FSRN Members, Supporters, Friends, Community Radio Staff Members, and Free-Lance Reporters,

We are mourning our comrade, Issam al-Talawi, age 30, who was killed Sept 21 by an Israeli army sniper while covering a Palestinian demonstration. Although Hassam did not file directly for FSRN, he worked with our correspondent Awad Duaibes to improve our coverage in the area. A native of Nablus, Hassam leaves a new wife, a child and a debt for his wedding ceremony. His parents are refugees in Jordan. We are soliciting your help for a memorial for this brave man. Mark your donations (see below) "al-Talawi Memorial."

Our reporter, Jeremy Scahill, will be filing from Iraq over the next few weeks. Listen for stories that will NOT be inspected by the U.S. military censors. Shannon Novak leaves soon for a short-term assignment in Vieques and Dena Montegue begins three months in the Congo and Ghana in November.

I hope you had a chance to hear, "The Justice Department's Detention Secret," on Sept 11. This 30-minute documentary about a year of detainees from the South Asian and Arab communities was produced by Deepa Fernandes and is currently available on our website www.fsrn.org.

As we hoped, all five Pacifica stations have put FSRN in their budget for the coming fiscal year. In November, KPFA will no longer carry this burden alone. If you listen to KPFK, WBAI, KPFT or WPFW, please call your station management and thank them for funding your national news. While this gives us a welcome stability, we still need your financial support.

Joshua Chaffin covers the false promises and war mongering of the political establishment from the FSRN office in the U.S. Capitol Building. Recently, he's joined our morning editorial meetings. In his occasional free time, he tries to keep WPFW happy with FSRN, sits in on the WPFW news task force, and donates time and content to the local news show. Dora Ruhs has also been credentialed to enter the Capitol and all the committee meetings. Our producer, Aaron Glantz, completes a two-month leave of absence in early November and will return to produce the daily cast. Kata Mester has had the challenging task of filling in for Aaron and, as I'm sure you've noticed, succeeded admirably.

I'm particularly proud of our role in seeking justice for a Houston Palestinian family. KPFT's local News Co-director, Jackson Allers, broke this story of a family of nine. Two of the men in the family sat in jail while all awaited deportation. The sold their furnishings and were twenty-four hours from an enforced plane ride to a country where they had no friends or family. FSRN, Democracy Now! & KPFT publicized this arbitrary proceeding and the protests of local activists. Three weeks later, the men are out of jail. The family still lives in Houston.

If you can afford to make a donation to FSRN or to the al-Talawi Memorial Fund: Checks should be made out to PRAC or "Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship" and sent to
PRAC, c/o KPFA Radio
1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Box 73, Berkeley, CA 94704

Or Issam al-Talawi donate on-line via credit card, go to www.fsrn.org and follow the directions to our Paypal account.

Free Speech Radio News is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.

Adrienne Lauby
Free Speech Radio News
(707) 795-2890

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