Martyn See has posted an article entitled Let us watch political films, say ST readers
Below are the actions we are engaged in re. Martyn See's case.
1. Steven McDermott's petition is online www.singabloodyspore.blogspot.com
He intends sending it to Dr Lee and to the Singapore ambassador to the UN.
2. Dave Carley has sent to the Playwrights Guild for dissemination. Also to the Writers Guild for dissemination and approach to ACTRA. Has asked a good University of Michigan prestigious film school contact, who has enlisted the help of a professor. Sent info to friends who can be counted on to write. Has written himself.
3. Nelofer Pazira will do outreach to the artists/film communities.
4. Helen Pridmore is also contacting the artists community and PEN if she has a good PEN contact. Also to all known members of Canada's Artists for Amnesty. The Gazette has posted the appeal, following Helen's approach. The Gazette includes information on a variety of issues, including human rights.
5. AI Canada's Parliamentary Relations Coordinators have approached two supportive parliamentarians (Sen. Andreychuk and David Kilgour).
6. The appeal will be distributed to groups and action circles by Marilyn McKim (Urgent Action coordinator) this week. Sent to all contacts (AI and non-AI). I will update the appeal for the December 10 Human Rights Day Write-a-thon. The Singapore Democratic Party has entered the appeal on its website www.Singaporedemocrat.org Have approached a good contact (a writer) re. getting PEN's participation. I am keeping Martyn informed of our actions.
7. Michael Backman, an acadenic/writer in Australia, will include information on Martyn See in the updated edition of his book The Asian Insider: Unconventional Wisdom for Asian Business (Pallgrave-Macmillan), to be published early 2006.
AI-USA PLANNED/ACTUAL INITIATIVES:
1. Posted appeal on online action centre. http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/index.asp?ms=T1
2. Distributed appeal to PIRAN (Philippines/Indonesia network).
3. Sent to thousands who are signed up for their action centre.
4. Considering a petition with big-name artists asked to sign.
5. Approach to some press contacts.
6. Included in Artists for Amnesty monthly appeals.
1. Distributing the appeal
2. Possible approach to film festival organizers.
AI - ASIAN REGIONAL OFFICE
1. Has the appeal on its website www.asiapacific.amnesty.org
1. Letter-writing by members.
MEDIA AND OTHER COVERAGE
Several agencies are covering it. SEAPA (Southeast Asia Press Alliance) and IFEX issued an Alert Update.
And I believe that Singapore Rebel has been shown at the European Parliament according to a poster reproduced on the Singapore Democrat website.
European Parliamentarians screen Martyn's Singapore Rebel
4 Oct 05
By banning Martyn See's film, Singapore Rebel, from the Singapore Film Festival, the PAP thought that it could prevent the documentary from being seen by Singaporeans and the international community. The plan backfired – and in spectacular fashion. The ban has created a firestorm outside of Singapore where the documentary has been
screened in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, the US, and now in the European Parliament (below)!
With the advent and the advancement of the Internet as a communication tool, the Singapore Government is foolish to try to stop the spread of information about its dictatorial ways. If it is wise (unfortunately authoritarian regimes are too intoxicated with wealth and power to know the folly of their ways), it will begin to
reform the political system. Now that the world has seen the PAP in live action and full technicolor, let's see whether it will continue to persecute a hapless filmmaker, and harass Mr Jacob George and Ms Tan Pin Pin.
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