Reporters Without Borders calls for a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Thursday August 7



    MONTREAL, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is
co-organizing a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy on August 7.
Reporters Without Borders will be taking part in many other demonstrations
around the world on August 7 and 8. Peaceful rallies will be held in London,
Madrid, Berlin, Rome, Washington, Stockholm and Lausanne. For those who will
not be able to make it all the way to these cities, we are also calling on
Internet users to join us for a cyber-demonstration on www.rsfbeijing2008.org.
Internet users from all over the world will have the opportunity to protest
outside a virtual version of Beijing's Olympic Stadium, waving a placard with
the slogan of their choice.
    The aim of our demonstration in Ottawa is to call for the release of
imprisoned Chinese journalists and human rights activists. We will also be
demanding China to put an end to the harassment and permanent surveillance of
journalists. When Beijing was designated as host-city for the 2008 Summer
Olympic Games, China made solemn promises to improve the situation of human
rights. Unfortunately, no significant improvement has been observed over the
past seven years.
    Various renowned speakers will be present at the event, including
Katherine Borlongan (Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders Canada),
Nazanin Afshin-Jam (former Miss Canada and Miss World 1st runner up), David
Kilgour (Secretary of state Asia-Pacific), Irwin Cotler (former Minister of
Justice), Beryl Wajsman (editor-in-chief for the Suburban), Scott Reid (Deputy
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons), as well as Kevin McLeod
(co-director of the Canadian Friends of Burma) and Thubten Samdup
(representative of the Tibetan Government in exile).
    A few hours before the opening ceremony of the Olympics, Reporters
Without Borders remains resolutely mobilized and continues to remind China of
its promises. China got "their" Olympics ; it is now time for the country to
show the world that it can keep their promises and stop violating human
rights.

    The demonstration will take place:
    on Thursday August 7 at noon
    in front of the Chinese embassy (515 Saint-Patrick Street)




For further information:

For further information: Damien Bizot, (514) 521-4111 (Wednesday, August
6), (514) 258-4208 (Thursday, August 7), rsfcanada4@rsf.org

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