Panel After Screening Will Address Free Speech in Cuba and Bahrain, Where Prisoners of Conscience Are Jailed for Expressing their Views
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Amnesty International USA, in partnership with Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, and Participant Media, will hold a pre-release screening of the Oscar-nominated film “No,” followed by a panel on freedom of expression on Thursday, February 21.
Frank Jannuzi, AIUSA’s interim executive director, will speak about two Amnesty International prisoners of conscience—Nabeel Rajab, a human rights and political activist in Bahrain, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for participating in peaceful protests against the government, and Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz, an independent journalist, imprisoned on public disorder charges and for “insulting symbols of the homeland,” after playing music whose lyrics criticized the lack of freedom of expression in Cuba. Jannuzi will also introduce the Defending Freedoms project, a partnership with Congress whose goal is to increase respect for religious freedom and other human rights around the world by focusing on the cases of individual human rights defenders and those who have been unjustly imprisoned for exercising their rights.
The Academy Award-nominated “No” is set in 1988 and follows a young advertising executive, played by Gael García Bernal, who has to create a campaign to oust Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet and free the country from oppression.
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EVENT: Pre-release screening of “No” and panel discussion following the film
DATE: Thursday, February 21
TIME: 6 p.m.
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
For more on free speech, join Sunjeev Bery, AIUSA’s Middle East and North Africa advocacy director, as he answers questions for @Takepart’s No Más live twitter chat Monday, February 18th at 2pm EST.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists, and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.