Target: Jon Stewart, Host of The Daily Show
Goal: Thank Jon Stewart for his efforts to keep journalists safe in Iran and protect the Iranian people
Jon Stewart has recently taken a break from his hit show on Comedy Central to direct a documentary in Iran addressing journalism in Iraq, censorship and human rights. This is a follow-up to the work he began with Maziar Bahari, an Iranian journalist, in a segment filmed in 2009. The segment on his hit show was designed to foster communication and compassion between American and Iranian citizens.
Mr. Bahari was imprisoned shortly after that segment aired, and was tortured, interrogated and forced to confess against himself while in prison. Upon his release, he wrote a book called “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.” He has been speaking out on behalf of his country and what can be done to protect journalists and their role in protecting the Iranian people. Jon Stewart connected with Mr. Bahari and wrote a script based on this book, which he will be filming this summer in Iran.
The discussion around journalists and censorship is critical to the discussion of human rights. Unlike North Korea, Mr. Bahari says, the Iranian government cares about its reputation around the world. Iran is the second biggest jailer of journalists in the world, and shedding light on these abuses will place pressure on Iran to do something about it.. These are the journalists who have been exposing Iran’s biggest human rights violations, its dark record of human rights abuses.
Keeping journalists safe in Iran means protecting their own lives, as well as keeping their watchful eye on human rights, thus keeping the Iranian government accountable and protecting thousands more lives. Thank Jon Stewart for using his influence, time and energy into this cause, and for his dedication to bringing understanding and communication to these two parts of the world.
Dear Jon Stewart,
Thank you for taking a stand alongside Maziar Bahari and the journalists he represents in Iran to protect human rights and the journalists who report on them. I recognize the need to bring understanding between Iranians and Americans and bring to light issues that we all care about. I also recognize that this measure will keep the Iranian government in check and allow journalists to shed light on human rights abuses in the country, saving lives and growing communication and understanding between Iranians, Americans, and the rest of the world.
Thank you for using your influence, resources, and energy to direct your upcoming documentary. I look forward to its release and support your efforts in Iran.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley