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Tuesday, February 4, 1997

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  • Mumia Abu Jamal Speaks From Prison

    IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, PENNSYLVANIA DEATH ROW INMATE MUMIA ABU JAMAL HAS BEEN BARRED FROM BEING PHOTOGRAPHED AND TAPE RECORDEDJUST THE LATEST MOVE IN WHAT MUMIA’S LAWYERS AND SUPPORTERS ARE
    CALLING A LONG CAMPAIGN BY PENNSYLVANIA STATE OFFICIALS TO GAG THE FORMER AWARD-WINNING RADIO JOURNALIST.

    NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO SCRAPPED PLANS TO RUN A SERIES OF RADIO COMMENTARIES BY MUMIA AFTER PRESSURE FROM POLICE WHO SAY THAT MUMIA SHOULD BE EXECUTED FOR THE MURDER OF PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER DANIEL FAULKNER IN 1981. LIKEWISE, POLICE MOUNTED BOYCOTTS OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL’S PUBLISHER AND OF HOME
    BOX OFFICE, WHEN THE CABLE TELEVISION COMPANY RAN A DOCUMENTARY ON MUMIA’S CASE LAST YEAR.

    ON DEMOCRACY NOW!, AND OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, WE BRING YOU THE VOICE OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL IN WHAT MIGHT BE THE LAST TIME THAT MUMIA CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    Via TAPE: MUMIA ABU JAMAL, a Pennsylvania death row inmate.

  • Peruvian Hostage Update

    YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT ALBERTO FUJIMORI OF PERU MET WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON TO DISCUSS THE 49-DAY-OLD HOSTAGE CRISIS AT THE JAPANESE AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE IN LIMA, PERU. THE REBELS OF THE TUPAC AMARU REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT (MRTA) HAVE BEEN HOLDING 72 PERUVIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AS WELL AS JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN AND DIPLOMATS SINCE DEC. 17. THEY ARE DEMANDING THE RELEASE OF JAILED COMRADES, AN IMPROVEMENT IN PERU’S NOTORIOUS PRISON AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND AN END TO ECONOMIC AUSTERITY MEASURES.

    HERE TO UPDATE US ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON AND PERU IS COLETTA YOUNGERS A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT THE WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA, A HUMAN RIGHTS, POLICY ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATION.

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