Activism for Ganji

14 July 2005

There's only so much we can do as bloggers. The mass media is not picking up the Ganji story. News on Iran continues to be selective. We need to take the initiative and start writing op-eds for local newspapers. The big papers generally won't listen to us, but the local papers will.

Take the next hour and write about Ganji. Keep your opinion short and to do the point (around 500-700 words). Write about Ganji, what he represents to you, and what you want people to do. Remember, the local editors might not know who he is, and you're readers most likely won't either, so keep it simple. Explain the small things, like background or years in prison, and his reasons behind the hunger strike. Then when you want to submit your article go to the website of your local paper. Find the section on opinions/editorials or contact info and email them and let bloggers know about your efforts.

Also Take the time and read the following articles for background information for your article:Release Ganji! Campaign

A recent report by Human Rights Watch A report by Reporters Without Borders Ganji Wikipedia site PEN article on Ganji's state

Look at these pictures for reflection.

If many of us sent out articles, some will be picked. Invariably, some won't. But its worth a try to get out our voice. The man is dying, so take the time right now and write. Help make the news, rather than reading it.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

By adding my name to this campaign, I authorise openDemocracy and Foxglove to keep me updated about their important work.

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email


We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData