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Monday, August 22, 2011

U of O student Mahdi Darius Nazemroya in life-threatening danger in Tripoli -- PRESS RELEASE

Background article: The Truth About the Situation in Libya

Ottawa – August 22, 2011 :
University of Ottawa student and independent journalist currently in Tripoli fears for his life

At 11:27am today, Mireille Gervais, Director of the Student Appeal Centre (Student Federation of the University of Ottawa) received a phone call from Mahdi Darius Nazemroya, a Canadian citizen and independent journalist who indicated that he was currently hiding in the Tripoli hotel Rixos Al Nasr, fearing for his life. Mr. Nazemroya, a client of the Student Appeal Centre, asked Mrs. Gervais to do everything in her power to “get me out of here”. He feared that he may be dead at any moment and asked that Canadian Foreign Affairs intervene to save his life.

Mr. Nazemroya further indicated that he had not slept in three days and was hiding in the hotel with other journalists.

The Student Appeal Centre calls on federal authorities to do everything in their power to obtain the safety of the un-imbedded journalists and humanitarian observers who have sought refuge in the Rixos Al Nasr hotel in Tripoli.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroya studies political science and anthropology and he is a past Ombudsman of the Englissh-language student newspaper. He has been a dedicated contributor to student and alternative media for many years.

For further information:
Mireille Gervais
Director, Student Appeal Centre (SFUO)

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