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Proposed letter to Siamak Zand's employers CBS News and Sky

 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Proposed letter to Siamak Zand's employers CBS News and Sky Reply with quote

Proposed letter to Siamak Zand's employers CBS News and Sky News. Please review it and see what we can do to make it better even if it's only wording that needs to be changed...

We'll then present this to various personalities and groups to sign before sending it off to those concerend.

Lets not drag this out. It's already overdue!


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Dear Sir or Madam,

In reference to Mr. Siamak Zandís interview with Voice of America (VOA) Persian service on 22 Oct, 2006, we would like to express our strongest displeasure.

Mr. Siamak Zand is one of your Tehran-stationed producers who works for both CBS News and Sky News. While we do understand the pressures involved with the job of being a news correspondence under the totalitarian theocracy, we would like to point out the fact that in presenting the realities of Iran, Mr. Zand has crossed the boundaries of ridiculousness well into deceit. We believe in his anxiousness to keep his job, and all parties happy, he is deliberately misrepresenting the facts, and misleading the western public as well as decision makers.

During this interview your producer in Tehran, Mr. Zand, tried to downplay the significance and brutality of STONING women in Iran, by arguing the number of occurrences!! Does Mr. Zand value life and humanity at all ? Isnít one innocent life taken away, through stoning, ENOUGH for condemnation and outrage? Does the gentleman understand the impact of such human rights violations on the population witnessing the events? Tens of Iranians have been executed by STONING in only these past few years, with the numbers being in the hundreds since the inception of this inhumane regime, and Mr. Zand has the audacity to come on an internationally viewed program and try to downplay its significance. This regime, whose atrocities Mr. Zand is trying to downplay, has a penal code which on the issue of stoning states: "...the stones should not be too large so that the person dies on being hit by one or two of them; they should not be so small either that they could not be defined as stones" (Article 104, Islamic Republicís penal code). I do not want to discuss the barbarity of this Islamic practice, but do hope that you are aware of it; there are smuggled videos from Iran of this barbaric practice which I can direct you to.

Also, in conjunction with the current policies of the mullahs, and in his anxiousness to glorify Mr. Ahmadinejad, Mr. Zand gloated about his personal take that Mr. Mike Wallace came out short in his recent 60 minutes interview with Ahmadinejad !!! We would appreciate to know what exactly was said, by which Mr. Zand was so impressed.

This should be an ever-lasting shame on Mr. Zandís conscious, but from the emails full of profanity, which Iíve received from his CBS News email account, it seems he could care less about the people of Iran who suffer under this regime. I am ready to put those emails at your disposal if requested. These shameful actions of Mr. Zand have tarnished the impartiality of his two employers CBS News and Sky News.

The Islamic Republicís human rights records are well documented as is its crimes against the Iranian people. Several resolutions by the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Commission have condemned the Islamic Republic for restricting freedom of speech, gender equality, religious freedom, freedom of assembly and other freedoms. The universal declaration of human rights is not adhered to by the Islamic Republic. Despite this Mr. Zand has the audacity to come before millions of people and say that these FACTS are blown out of proportion and stressing that journalists in Iran are free to go wherever they want without government supervision and are free to report freely!

Reporters without Borders and many other international bodies have condemned the Islamic Republic for its permanent restriction of the press and have denounced an application of censorship found to be systematic in the country. Iran under the Islamic Republic is one of the ten most repressive countries of the world concerning freedom of the press. Hundreds of newspapers have been closed down since the coming to power of what some naÔve quarters call ďthe reformistĒ Mullah Khatami (1997-2005); not knowing that those who serve this regime are none other than those whose mission is to preserve its existence by all means. Journalists detained in prison are often harassed and humiliated and as I will mention below even murdered!

It must have slipped Mr. Zandís mind that Mrs. Zahra Kazemi a Canadian-Iranian journalist covering a demonstration outside the infamous Evin prison in Tehran was detained by the Islamic Republic, imprisoned, tortured, raped, and finally murdered by officials of the Islamic Republicís own judiciary! Despite official accounts of rape and torture by a doctor who examined Mrs. Kazemi's body, Mr. Zand claims that Mrs. Kazemi died by accidentally hitting her head in her cell! Not surprisingly this is the account of the criminals in power in Tehran!

One should tell Mr. Zand that, yes people are free to do whatever they want in Iran under the Islamic Republic but it is what happens after they have exercised their freedom which matters Ė Mrs. Kazemi serves as an excellent example. Unlike Mr. Zand, the Canadian-Iranian journalist Mrs. Kazemi was trying to report the TRUTH on what is happening in Iran and she paid the price for doing so. Mr. Zand seems to have found himself in a much more comfortable situation where serving as the mouthpiece of the Islamic Republic is more appealing and profitable to him than reporting on the true events taking place in Iran today Ė especially the human rights abuses of the Islamic Republic, this is also reflected in his reporting for CBS News and Sky News.

To further attest to the impartiality and shamelessness of this producer of yours in Tehran, Mr. Zand was asked about the disturbance in the Iranian province of Azerbaijan, earlier this summer, where tens of thousands of Iranian Azeriís had taken to the streets in a grand manifestation to have their rights, which are denied, to be respected. There are a plentitude of pictures and videos depicting the massive size of these demonstrations and subsequent brutality by the Islamic Republicís forces in violently trying to put an end to it. In regards to this major event Mr. Zand replied that nothing important worthy of covering had taken place in Iranian Azerbaijan! Is this really a man youíd like working for you as a journalist/producer?

Dear Sir or Madam, news regarding Iran are not ďblown out of proportionĒ, as Mr. Zand states, but are rather not given the media coverage they deserve! With employees like Mr Siamak Zand working for CBS News and Sky News this should come as no surprise! The international community is not aware of the gross human rights situation in Iran. Foreign reporters allowed into Iran have official supervisors assigned to them which make sure that they report what the regime allows them to and takes them to places which will promote a positive image of the Islamic Republic. As we have seen in the past, any foreign journalist whose reports are contrary to the Islamic Republic's interests will be immediately expelled from the country. The main stream media needs to pay much more attention to the human rights situation in Iran rather than focusing on one issue Ė namely the Islamic Republicís quest for nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic operates like a mafia and Mr Zand seems to be on good footing with these criminals in his deliberate neglect of the Iranian peoplesí plight.

Dear Sir or Madam, I hope that you understand the feelings that myself and millions of freedom-loving Iranians go through when we see such a seemingly shameless man making these kind of statements and by doing so immensely tarnishing the impartiality and credibility of stations like CBS News and Sky News, who have chosen this individual as their producer in Tehran. What is more disturbing is that people like Mr Zand are deceiving western public opinion regarding Iran portraying a false picture of the brutality of this totalitarian theocracy. I have already raised awareness of this issue and am willing to go further for this man to be removed from his position which he is currently abusing and by doing so hurting your respective news stations.

Dear Sir or Madam, if I was to state every inhumane act and crime that the Islamic Republic has committed over these past 27 years that it has held Iran hostage it would require several volumes of books. I sincerely hope that your relationship with this individual, Siamak Zand, is reviewed and that he is dismissed of his position as this relationship has done nothing more than immensely tarnishing the reputation, impartiality, and credibility of your two respective stations CBS News and Sky News and distorting your audience about the true nature of the Islamic Republic.

Undersigned,

Name of Blog(s)
Name of Website(s)
Name of Organization(s)
Name of Individual(s)



Human Rights in Iran:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Iran

Stoning in Iran:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoning
http://www.awakenedwoman.com/wfafi_stoning.htm
http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/engMDE131132006

The murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist, Zahra Kazemi by the Islamic Republic:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2005/03/31/Dr.Azam050331.html
http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2005/april-2005/kazemi_report_1405.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahra_Kazemi
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To ActivistChat Admin:

Does ActivistChat endorse this letter of protest? If so is it safe to say that a majority of ActivistChat members endorse it as well?

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking that if anyone supports the message of this letter they should send a copy of it (once we've agreed that it's complete) to the respective news outlets themselves.

What does everyone else think?

This way they will be overwhelmed by emails from different people, blogs, websites, and organizations which will also prove that I haven't simply listed a bunch of names and organizations as signatories without their authorization.

I think this way will be the most effective way to get our message across. Does anyone disagree?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like everyone to send a copy of the letter to CBS News and Sky News; you are free to modify it as you wish.

Please find the contact details below. I'm going to wait until tomorrow (Tuesday) evening in case anyone would like to add anything to the letter before sending it off. If you can additionally maybe even mail it and/or even contact them by phone it would be even better.

Sign the letter with your name, your homepage, your organization, your blog... or a combination.

I would really appreciate your assistance in this endevour; it will only take AT MOST a few minutes of your time. A few minutes to show this shameless man, Siamak Zand, that we will not sit idle when mouthpieces of the Islamic Republic abuse their positions with international news stations.


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Contact details for CBS News and Sky News.


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The mailing addresses for CBS are as follows:

CBS Television Network

51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Main Number:
(212) 975-4321

CBS News
555 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Main Number:
(212) 975-4114


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(CBS) CBS Evening News, Weekdays editions:

ADDRESS:
CBS Evening News
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

E-MAIL: evening@cbsnews.com


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CBS Evening News, Saturday and Sunday editions:

ADDRESS:

CBS Evening News, Saturday Edition or CBS Evening News, Sunday Edition
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

E-MAIL: weekends@cbsnews.com

PHONE: (212) 975-3247

TRANSCRIPTS: 1-800-777-TEXT


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Alternatively if none of the above are feasible for you, there is a "FEEDBACK" link on the bottom of this site http://www.cbs.com/ where you can chose "CBS NEWS" as category and paste your letter.


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SKY NEWS

The contacts below can answer only publicity-related enquiries from members of the press. Otherwise, call Viewer Relations on 08702 403000 or email viewerr@bskyb.com for general programming enquiries; and call Sky Customer Services on 0870 240 4040 for any other enquiries.

The Sky Publicity team can be contacted directly via e-mail or phone.
Sky News Publicity Team

Stella Tooth - Publicity Manager, Sky News
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7800 4289
Email: stella.tooth@bskyb.com

Charlotte Reed - Publicity Assistant, Sky News
Tel: 020 7705 3417
Email: charlotte.reed@bskyb.com

Fabian Devlin - Sky Publicist
Tel: 020 7800 4341
Email: fabian.devlin@bskyb.com


Mailing Address:

British Sky Broadcasting
Grant Way
Middlesex TW7 5QD

Telephone:
020 7705 3000

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Ultimately there is a feedback form on this page: http://www.sky.com/portal/site/skycom/feedback

Which you can fill in (choose "Letters to News Editor or Viewer Relations or Abuse Complaints").

There's also a "Marketing and Sales" choice you can choose on this different feedback form: http://news.sky.com/skynews/feedback/enquiry/0,,,00.html

Send it to whichever department or departments (this might be better) that you think this letter concerns.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been in contact with Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.

Firstly she rejects all claims that she is in some way related to this shameless person -Siamak Zand. Secondly she wrote me that Siamak Zand's real last name is not actually ZAND but is ESTAKI (!) - he uses "Zand" to confuse people with her father Siamak Pourzand! She seems to be aware of this man's background as well judging from her emails.

It's time we WAKE UP and deal with these people who are nothing but the Islamic Republic's mouthpieces - whose only job is to either DISTORT the truth, DENY it, or NOT REPORT it.


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