October 27, 2010

Media Awareness: Unjust Imprisonment of Youcef Nadarkhani and Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani

There are several email addresses and links provided below. It is extensive, however, necessarily so. It is critical that we raise the level of attention and awareness about the unjust imprisonment of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Pastor Behnam Irani and Pastor Matthias Haghnejad. By emailing these various news outlets, you help increase the pressure and international glare on the Iranian officials, as well as highlight the larger issue of the ongoing persecution of Christians in Iran.

Please feel free to use the provided email template to inform and urge these individuals to publicize the unjust detention of Pastor Youcef, Pastor Behnam and Pastor Matthias.

The Toronto Star:

Foreign Editor: Colin MacKenzie
Email: fornat@thestar.ca and email to city@thestar.ca
The Toronto Sun

E-mail torsun.citydesk@sunmedia.ca
The Globe and Mail:
Freelance writers: newsroom@globeandmail.com
The National Post:
Use the links below to copy and paste your message to the following Foreign Editors/Reporters:
Foreign Editor- Mike Higgins
Deputy Foreign Editor- Araminta Wordsworth
Foreign Reporter- Peter Goodspeed
CTV News
Global National
viewers@globalnational.com – in subject line: type “For Stuart Greer- Foreign Editor”
Email News Tip to CNN using the following link:
ABC News
Email ABC Foreign Correspondent by using link below to copy and paste your message:
FOX News

Time Magazine

Email Time Magazine Editor:


The Washington Post


Amnesty International:

British News Contacts:
BBC: Mike Wooldridge, World Affairs Correspondent
Independent: Leonard Doyle, Foreign editor
ITN: Bill Neely, International News Editor

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Template of Email to Press

Name of Journalist
Name of Publication (or of other media outlet)

Street Address

City, State, Zip Code

Two Iranian pastors are facing death for ‘thought crimes’. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, unjustly imprisoned since October 2009, has been sentenced to death and had his conviction and sentencing upheld by the Supreme Court. His case is to be re-examined as to whether he was a Muslim or not from ages 15 to 19 when he became a Christian. This innocent father and husband faces execution, after Iranian officials agreed to make him ‘liable to capital punishment’, as part of a crackdown on the growing Protestant church movement in the Islamic nation. Pastor Youcef was arrested after protesting a decision to impose Koranic teaching on his son. He is imprisoned in Rasht, where he has continuously been subjected to mental torture. He has been given limited visitation with his family and lawyer. Iranian officials have intentionally neglected to provide a written verdict to Youcef’s lawyer, which is required to appeal the death sentence before the Supreme Court in Iran. Pastor Behnam Irani has been imprisoned since April 2011 and convicted of the charge of activities against the Order. The details of this conviction are that he was leading church services in homes of various Christians. Pastor Matthias Haghnejad was arrested August 17, 2011. We do not know where he is being held nor do we know the charges against him, though he was recently acquitted on the charge of activities against the Order. I urgently request that you use your journalism voice to increase the level of attention on these deliberate human rights violations. Without your help, these innocent men will be mercilessly executed. Without your help, we leave the voiceless powerless, and allow injustice to go by unnoticed. I implore you to help stop this great wrong from being committed. The story of these cases has been circulated around the world, and thousands of Christians and non-Christians alike know about it. There is an online petition that thousands of people from over 57 countries have signed: http://www.petitiononline.com/IRANPET/petition.html. We are all concerned about their well-being, and the conditions that they have been subjected to. These honorable men are not criminals; they are simply Christians. Please do not let this be another unheard, ignored and overlooked story about the willful human rights abuse of two innocent individuals. With your help in publicizing this story, you can help increase the pressure and international glare on Iranian officials. With your help, two innocent men may be able to return home to their families.

Please feel free to contact me for further information at ***your email here****. You can also contact Jason DeMars, who is in direct communication with individuals in Iran, at demjas@gmail.com, or phone him at 763-302-9270. To obtain more details about this story, you can also refer to this website: http://presenttruthmn.com/blog/. Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, as well as the heightened security risks for the individuals in Iran, Jason DeMars is the contact that can best give you greater insight and direct information from Iran.
Yours Sincerely,
***Your Name Here***

~ The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~

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