[IMC-Audio] LEBANON: Living War - A Call for Financial SUPPORT! An Independent MEDIA Initiative on Social Justice Struggles in Lebanon
christoff at resist.ca
Mon May 30 07:18:18 PDT 2005
LIVING WAR: Reporting on Struggles for Social Justice in LEBANON
A Fundraising Appeal for an Independent MEDIA Initiative....!
This is a call for financial support and solidarity for an independent media
initiative of CKUT Radio's Community News Collective in Montreal, with the
collaboration of the Electronic Intifada, Free Speech Radio News and members of
the Independent Media Center in Beirut.
Between June & September 2005, Stefan Christoff, an independent journalist and
community organizer in Montreal, will travel to Lebanon to produce written,
audio, and visual reports on present-day struggles for social justice in
Lebanon. He will be the Electronic Intifada's "Special Correspondent" in
Lebanon. Christoff will also be producing regular radio reports for Free Speech
Radio News and recording material for a radio documentary series to be produced
at CKUT Radio in Montreal and distributed to community radio stations
throughout the world in the fall of 2005.
This independent media initiative coincides with a period of significant
political change in Lebanon, following the assassination of former Lebanese
Prime-Minister Rafik Hariri in downtown Beirut in February 2005. Hariri's death
sparked a political shift in Lebanon, which saw the longstanding presence of
approximately 15 000 Syrian troops in Lebanon come to an end. Also in recent
months a series of sectarian bombings have taken place throughout the country,
igniting a growing fear that Lebanon will relapse into the religious and
political sectarianism which defined the 15 year civil-war from 1975 to 1990.
In this political context, the media initiative aims to explore grassroots
political organizing and campaigns in Lebanon that oppose sectarian violence as
well as Western military intervention in Lebanon and throughout the Middle
East. Additionally, reporting for this project will focus on political
movements that are struggling for broad principles of social and economic
justice, in relation to other movements throughout the global south that are
fighting for self-determination and against capitalist globalization.
Importantly, this project aims to focus on the politically diverse voices
within Lebanese society that are not often broadcast or projected by major
media outlets on a local and international level. In so doing, it will confront
the international corporate media distortions of the current political
situation in Lebanon. This project aims to give voice to the struggles of
oppressed communities in Lebanon, from the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian
refugees, to the working poor, to the foreign workers, and to progressive
political movements in a social context in which upwards of 40% the population
lives in poverty.
The existing budget for this independent media initative is approximately
$3,000 Canadian, which takes into account travel expenses, equipment needs,
including recording devices and basic living expenses.
It is only with YOUR financial assistance, solidarity, and support for this
important initiative that the radio documentary project will take place. Please
consider donating today. ALL financial donation information is included BELOW.
Thank you in advance for your support and solidarity,
CKUT Radio Montreal --- www.ckut.ca
Tel: 514 398 6788
Email: christoff at resist.ca
"I have learned a great deal from Stefan Christoff's breakthrough reporting on
and from Beirut. In the midst of the Bush Administration's propaganda campaign
about spreading "democracy" through the Middle East, it is absolutely crucial
that probing and engaged independent journalists like Christoff have the
resources they need to bring us unfiltered and unembedded voices from the front
lines of Lebanon's genuine grassroots struggles for self-determination. I urge
you to support this project."
Naomi Klein, syndicated columnist and author, "No Logo."
----> If you are interested in supporting this project financially, you can
make checks payable to "Stefan Christoff" and mail them to the following
C/O CKUT Radio Montreal
3647 University Street
H3A 2B3, Canada
NOTE - Those wishing to make a contribution to this project that is
tax-deductible under U.S. law for U.S taxpayers can make their donation through
the Electronic Intifada. To donate, please visit the Electronic Intifada's
donation page at:
----> Details on Accessing Christoff's Reporting on Struggles for Social
Justice in Lebanon:
Between June & September, Christoff will be filing regular bi-weekly reports
for the ELECTRONIC INTIFADA, while also producing radio reports for CKUT RADIO
& various community radio stations throughout the world.
You will find Christoff reports as the ELECTRONIC INTIFADA's "Special
Correspondent" in LEBANON online at: http://www.electronicintifada.net.... You
will hear Christoff's audio reports on CKUT Radio (http://www.ckut.ca) in
MONTREAL at 90.3 FM. The radio reports will also be available for re-broadcast
& download on-line at: http://www.radio4all.net....
ALSO, Christoff will be collaborating with Palestinian independent journalist
Mohammed Shublaq of the Independent Media Center in Beirut for Free Speech
Radio News (FSRN). These reports will broadcast on over 93 community radio
stations throughout the world and will also be accessible online. All details
concerning FSRN and the program's broadcast schedule can be found at:
AND Christoff will be recording and producing audio material for a larger radio
documentary series entitled LIVING WAR, which will be edited and ready for
broadcast in October 2005 and will be aired on CKUT Radio in Montreal and
throughout community radio stations in Canada, North America and the world.
The distribution of this documentary will take place by Internet. CD mail-outs
will be made available upon request to community radio stations.... If you are
interested in broadcasting or distributing the LIVING WAR radio documentary
project please do not hesitate to get in touch!
----> Information on Independent Media Activist & Community Organizer Stefan
Stefan Christoff is a social justice organizer and media activist based in
Montreal. Christoff has been active with various Palestinian solidarity
organizing including the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and heavily
involved with the struggle of Palestinian refugees in Canada through the
Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees. Christoff has also
been active with various networks and organizations actively confronting
capitalist globalization including the Peoples Global Action Network and
locally with CLAC, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence in Montreal.
As a media activist Christoff is a long-time member of CKUT's Community News
Collective. He has focused on forging connections between social justice
movements and community based media initiatives. Stefan is also a regular
contributor to Free Speech Radio News (FRSN.org) based in the U.S. Christoff's
radio work has been broadcast on countless community radio stations throughout
the world, including Canada, the United States, the UK, the Middle East &
Africa. Christoff's written work has also been published in various media
sources throughout the world, from the Middle East, to Canada, to the U.S. and
the UK, including the Montreal Mirror, Lebanon's Daily Star, the Jordan Times,
Z Magazine, Canadian Dimension, and the Electronic Intifada.
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