Free Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan

June 24, 2009

Reporter Maziar Bahari Detained/Arrested in

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Apparently another reporter has been arrested, Newsweek is reporting one of its own, reporter, Journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari is being held in Tehran. Bahari is both a Canadian and Iranian citizen. He is only one of 20 Iranian reporters arrested or detained, since the election uprising taking over Iran. This is now completely out of hand.  Some kind of protection for these people who bring the world to us on a minute by minute basis is needed. It is now becoming very clear they require more than just their passports when going into some foreign countires. They need protection.

Perhaps a call for an international law protecting their right to be there is in order. Something..anything, is better than what they have now.

Read more on Maziar Bahari arrest below:

Media seeks ways around Iran clampdown

Watchdog group says officials have arrested 23 journalists and bloggers


June 21, 2009

Canada’s ‘gutsy’ forgotten hostage

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The below article link, written by The, staff reporter John Goddard, a Toronto online news site, is probably the only such piece I’ve found regarding some insight into Amanda herself. It boggles the mind there is so little attention being given Amanda or Nigel. One can hope governments are doing their part, however this person is not so sure that is the case. The fact there is so little out there from Amanda or Nigels family could supoort this belief. However if you read “Public pushes to bring envoys home, not Lindhout,” you’ll realise public pressure and intervention may be just what’s missing from this puzzle.

Read John Goddards piece in its entirety along with the comments at below link. Comments were shut down within hours of publication.


Last Tapped Phone Call from Amanda Lindhout.

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Amanda photographed here in Afghanistan, photo source ‘Dan’ @
On June 10th, 2009, Amanda Lindhout made a call to a CTV newsroom. Reading, what can only be perceived as a perpared statement by kidnappers, the weak and emotional sounding Lindhout pleaded with the Canadian government to help bring her home. She also said she fears she will die in captivity if Somalian kidnappers ransom demands are not met. There was no mention of fellow freelance journalists, Nigel Brennan.

To read Amanda Lindhouts full statement, and hear a taped video please refer to the below links:


To see video of taped phone call click here

To read full statement click here.

To sign Petition please go to:

Public pushes to bring envoys home, not Lindhout

This report from CTV speaks to the apathy shown in Amanda Lindhouts kidnapping case from the very beginning. As a country Canada is simply going to have to do better than this. But then again, a government is only as good as the people it governs. If Canadians don’t seem to give a damn, what is there to motivate our government to step it up, and take this kidnapping seriously? The only reason/s I can find out there that may have something to do with how the public feels, is that Amanda was a freelance journalist, implying she should have ‘known better;’ and she took pride in her appearance.  The implication being, if she had been an unattractive woman, perhaps this wouldn’t have happened to her? Why, I can make no good sense of these attitudes, can you?

Until it is your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, friend, neighbour or co-worker, perhaps some of you who are of the opinion Amanda ‘deserves to be where she is,’ won’t fully realise the implications behind an act such as kidnapping for doing nothing more than your job in a foriegn country. The point is, it shouldn’t matter why she was in Somalia, Amanda deserves the help of her country and fellow citizens by virtue of the fact that she is one of us, she is a fellow Canadian. And I for one will not forget that she is sick, hungry, afraid, alone and in chains. And will do what I can, however small, to get attention brought her way in the hopes of getting her back on Canadian soil.

Read full Article at below link:


June 19, 2009

Why the Apathy For Amanda?

amanda_lindhout I’m very surprised at the lack of’s not easy getting the news out there. Started a twitter in their name and a blog, to try and raise awareness and garner more signatures. It’s still a slow process and time is not on their side…so it’s frustrating.

I am also surprised at the public apathy shown Amanda Lindhout, as to why she was in ‘those’ high risk places in the first place. No such thing out there concerning Nigel. It’s disheartening to think we women still carry these types of stigmas on our shoulders in this day and age. What

Bloody sad.

What does it matter that she is a pretty young woman, why shouldn’t she follow her journalistic dreams, in any country? Why should that be wrong in this day and age still? What is wrong, is to kidnap any human being at gunpoint and hold them hostage, chained in a dark cold room with very little of the basics; like food, water or sunlight for 300 plus days. Let’s get to the real problem here..not what Amanda chooses to wear, not that she puts her makeup on in third world countries; but that these ‘be a terrorist for a day’ types, who think they have found a brilliant and easy way to make fast cash, live in countires whose governments ignore the basic human needs of its people. Poverty & desperation will cause crime, and Somalia is one of the poorest. Is it right..of course not, is it surprising..not any more.

How about we start there instead?

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