Human Rights Petition: Shut Down Gaddafi State TV!
This organization has had a string of successes lately (e.g. Apple pulling the “Gay Cure” app), which is why I’m posting a link to their petition on this issue. Excerpt from the email they sent me (bolding mine):
In 1994, Hutu state radio played a massive role in the Rwandan genocide, inciting violence and giving direction on how and where to kill Tutsis.
Right now in Libya, Gaddafi is using state television much the same way. As a weapon. On his three state-run stations, supporters are urged to hunt the opposition “alley by alley, house by house, room by room.” It’s been reported that state programming is used to send coded instructions to loyalists and hired mercenaries.
It’s not too late to shut down Libyan state television and save the lives of innocent civilians. But we must act quickly.
Here’s how we can help: Libya uses four international satellite providers (ArabSat, EutelSat, AsiaSat, and NileSat) to broadcast. If these companies drop Libyan state television, the propaganda will stop.
Please sign the petition started by change.org member Carol Hillson demanding that these satellite companies stop broadcasting Gaddafi’s incitements to violence.
Satellite providers like these four companies aren’t typically involved in the world of activism. It’s possible that they’ve never been petitioned before.
That’s why we believe a global outcry for them to cease their broadcasts in Libya could work. And the faster we can produce such an outcry, the more lives we can potentially save.
Please ask CEOs Amin Basyouni, Michel de Rosen, William Wade, and Khalid Balkheyour — four men who have the power to save countless civilians — to stop broadcasting Libyan state television:
We’ve won dozens of victories in the past few weeks, but none would save so many lives as this.