Society / Liban
Samir Kassir: Freedom of Thought murdered
babelmed - 27/06/2005
On June 2nd, 2005, a terrorist car bomb in Beirut killed Samir Kassir, a French-Lebanese writer and journalist. This despicable crime, committed by savages cowardly operating in the dark, took place as Lebanon struggles to get past a thorny situation marred by foreign domination and dictate. Why are journalists murdered? Above all, to silence them because they disturb
Samir Kassir was an outspoken journalist and writer who was known for always putting his finger on the problem; he was also a political science professor, historian, an intellectual who took the paradigm on activism and journalism to great length, co-founder of the Democratic Left party as well as a key figure and founder of the “Beirut Spring”. Samir Kassir embodied a generation of Arab intellectuals striving to liberate the peoples and states of the Near and Middle East from the stronghold of religion, colonialism and police states.
Call for Petition
We, European journalists, writers, intellectuals, artists, researchers, civil society members, call upon:
· The 25 member states of the European Union, as well as the European institutions, to ensure that the murder of journalist Samir Kassir does not go unpunished.
· The European institutions, to commit themselves to the struggle against political crime through coercive measures, with their Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon).
· The European institutions to include in their partnership agreements with the Mediterranean states a clause relative to the respect of freedom of press and expression.
· The national parliaments of the 25 member states of the European Union, as well as the European Parliament, to put up on the facades of their parliaments, on October 27, 2005, the portrait of Samir Kassir with the mention “Samir Kassir, French-Lebanese writer and journalist, murdered on June 2nd, 2005, in a car bomb in Beirut… Never again”.
The European Parliament to observe a minute of silence in memory of Samir Kassir on October 27, 2005 during the Plenary session.
This petition will be presented to the Speakers of the national parliaments of the 25 member states of the European Union and to the Speaker of the European Parliament
European Committee Samir Kassir – Brussels