Protest Against Mortar Attack on the Printing House of the Iraqi Daily Al-Sabah al-Jadid
The Center for Islamic Pluralism protests the mortar attack in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 8, 2007 against the independent daily newspaper Al-Sabah al-Jadid (The New Morning). CIP has been informed by the newspaper's editor, Ismail Zayer, that four employees were injured in the assault, none severely.
Al-Sabah al-Jadid has been the target of the following recent attacks: an attempt by "police" to occupy the newspaper's building, which failed after the "police" escaped in a brief exchange of gunfire; two attempts to kidnap and kill the manager of the printing press; and a litigation effort by Baathists aimed at shutting the paper down. The newspaper is moving operations away from Baghdad to keep publishing.
CIP calls on all anti-extremist Muslims, as well as all journalists and printworkers worldwide, to show solidarity with Al-Sabah al-Jadid.
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz