Fwd: [NYC-GardensCoalition] journalist & NYC community garden activist killed in Oaxaca

From: Cari Machet (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Nov 10 2006 - 17:27:09 PST


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From: Magali Regis <email suppressed>
Date: Nov 10, 2006 11:36 AM
Subject: [NYC-GardensCoalition] journalist & NYC community garden activist
killed in Oaxaca
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  Greetings Garden community,

FYI - a fellow NYC community Gardens Activist was recently shot and killed
while covering the protests in Oaxaca, Mexico.
A Commemoration and memorial is scheduled at St Marks Church in the East
Village (10th Street and Second Avenue) tomorrow.
See additional info below and today's article in Metro NY. For more info,
google 'Brad Will' and you will find numerous articles.
Regards,
Magali
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Friends of Brad Will pland to hold a weekend gathering in New York City on
November 11 and 12 to commemorate Will's life. The event will include a
memorial service at St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery on November 11 from
1:00pm to 5:00 pm. Other events are also being planned. More information is
available from the Friends of Brad Will website.

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Working to protect journalists abroad
Shooting of New York filmmaker brings home danger they face
by amy zimmer / metro new york

NOV 10, 2006

Brad Will, a documentary filmmaker and journalist for Indymedia, was shot
and killed on Oct. 27 in the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca while filming a
protest there. The death of the 36-year-old former East Village squatter and
community garden activist has outraged the activist community here, who will
honor him through a series of events this weekend. Metro talked to Joel
Simon, executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect
Journalists, about the dangers of reporting on international conflicts.

What's your take on what happened to Brad Will and how did your organization
react?

My take is he was doing what journalists do: They go out and report on
important events in regions around the world. As he was filming, a clash
erupted and he was shot and killed by people dressed as civilians. These
were political backers of the government. There's a video of the tape he
filmed on Indymedia's Web site. It's very dramatic. We've been active in
Mexico for some time. We've met with President Vicente Fox and we said, 'Mr.
President, you need to create a federal prosecutor to investigate [what
happens to journalists]' especially in Northern Mexico. And he did that. We
would like to see a federal investigation there. The local police were
reputed to be involved, and we believe the only possibility of getting a
prosecution is to take this investigation out of the hands of the local
authorities.

Have things gotten more dangerous for journalists?

We're celebrating our 25th year, and Iraq is the most dangerous place in
history for journalists, without question. The total number of journalists
killed since the March 2003 invasion is 86 plus 37 media support workers.
That's a staggering number. The vast majority are Iraqis: 65 are Iraqis, two
Americans. That doesn't mean it's not dangerous for Americans, it just means
a lot of Americans have to operate with a lot of restrictions like riding in
armored vehicles. Iraqi journalists are basically sitting ducks.

What does this mean for the public?

We talked to a lot of journalists and given the conditions, they're doing
an excellent job but everyone acknowledged that they're not getting the
information they should get and so the public isn't getting that. It's just
too dangerous. And the Americans are using Iraqi locals there's a new
generation of Iraqi journalists doing a lot of legwork and they're taking
extreme risks.

What can you do?

In Mexico, it's a typical advocacy role. In Iraq, it's a lot harder. We have
zero influence on insurgent groups. We are able to put pressure on U.S.
officials. There's a little known case about an AP photographer Bilal
Hussein who has been detained in Iraq for nearly eight months without charge
and without due process. Our chair Paul Steiger recently wrote a letter to
[former Defense] Secretary Rumsfeld. We hope the letter's been passed down
to the appropriate people.

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