In The News (Issue No6)


Featured Article

Family seek custody death answers
23rd August 2008
all credits: BBC News

The family of a man who died in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault, said they are seeking answers from police. Sean Rigg was held on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and public order offences near Atkins Road, Brixton, south London, on Thursday. He fell ill and died 90 minutes later. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into the matter. His sister Samantha Rigg-David said his death has “shocked” the family. Police have not formally identified him and are still to reveal the results of his post-mortem examination.

Speaking to BBC London, Ms Rigg-David said her brother from Balham, south London, had mental health concerns but was otherwise healthy. Relatives of Mr Rigg left flowers outside Brixton police station. “He has a mental illness but he was very fit. From the time of arrest to the time being brought into police custody he’s collapsed and died. We’ve not been told why.
“We are being upright as a family and we have come down here ourselves to find answers. “All of us are shocked, numb, totally gutted. We are anxious, some of us are very angry,” she added.

Other Related Report:

Watchdog sees custody death CCTV
BBC News

UK News

Titan prisons are not the solution
28th August 2008
The government’s proposals to build three Titan prisons (Supersize prisons will not solve jail crisis, watchdog warns Straw, August 27) would cement this country’s position as the prison capital of Western Europe, while squandering billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money. The proposals ignore evidence that smaller, local prisons work better than large ones, raise serious concerns about the wellbeing and safety of prisoners and prison staff, and would put at risk relationships between prisoners and their families.

Update on the case of Babar Ahmad
4th August 2008
The ECtHR has requested further submissions from Babar Ahmad’s legal team regarding his appeal. Previously, the President of the Grand Chamber in the European Court requested that a hold be placed on the extradition, to allow them to give the case ‘proper consideration’.

Archive Feature:

Interview with John Pilger
3rd June 2001
By David Cromwell
John Pilger, renowned investigative journalist and documentary film-maker, is one of only two to have twice won British journalism’s top award; his documentaries have won academy awards in both the UK and the US. In a New Statesman survey of the 50 heroes of our time, Pilger came fourth behind Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. “John Pilger,” wrote Harold Pinter, “unearths, with steely attention facts, the filthy truth. I salute him.”

World News

Iraq Veterans Against the War Lead Thousands in Protest March to Democratic Convention
28th August 2008
Protests against the Democratic National Convention continued Wednesday as members of Iraq Veterans Against the War led an unpermitted march to the Pepsi Centre to call on Barack Obama to back an immediate US withdrawal from Iraq.

NCADP Tribute to Rachel King: 1963 – 2008
28th August 2008
It is with sadness that we report the passing of our friend and colleague Rachel King, who died on August 25, 2008 after a long and valiant struggle with cancer.
Rachel was first a daughter, friend, wife and step-mother, but her personal and professional lives merged in her advocacy and efforts to make our world a better place.

Firing Squads Silent – But Death Hovers
19th August 2008
Morocco’s death row prisoners — some 150 inmates — are living in sub-human, “life-threatening conditions”, according to leading NGOs and rights activists.
“The general situation of Morocco’s prison inmates, especially those on death row, is absolutely catastrophic and inhumane,” Mohamed Kouhlal, a writer specialising in human rights issues, told IPS.

Louisiana policeman indicted in racially charged Taser manslaughter case
14th August 2008
Ruling in a racially explosive case that some forensic experts have described as police torture, a grand jury in the small Louisiana town of Winnfield indicted a white police officer yesterday on charges of manslaughter and official malfeasance for repeatedly shocking a handcuffed black suspect with a Taser device, resulting in the man’s death due to cardiac arrest.

Websites, Events & Publications

Website Feature: (4WardEver recommended)

Media Lens is a UK-based media-watch project, which offers authoritative criticism of mainstream media bias and censorship, as well as providing in-depth analysis, quotes, media contact details and other resources.

Green Left
Green Left Weekly, launched in 1990 by progressive activists to present the views excluded by the big business media, is now Australia’s leading source of local, national and international news, analysis, and discussion and debate to strengthen the anti-capitalist movements.

World Press
News and Views From Around the World.

Event Listings

Seminar series on ‘terrorist lists’ proscription, designation and human rights
Remaining dates taking place in September & October 2008.
A series of seminars at the College of Law in London, organised by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Statewatch and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities.
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For other current sources visit our website ‘Events & Notices‘ section:

Reports & Publications

Book: Guardians of Power
Can a corporate media system be expected to tell the truth about a world dominated by corporations? Can newspapers, including the ‘liberal’ “Guardian” and the “Independent,” tell the truth about catastrophic climate change – about its roots in mass consumerism and corporate obstructionism – when they are themselves profit-oriented businesses dependent on advertisers for 75 per cent of their revenues?
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Web Resource: 4WardEver on The Hub
The world’s first participatory media site for human rights. Through the Hub, individuals, organizations, networks and groups around the world are able to bring their human rights stories and campaigns to global attention and to mobilize action to protect and promote human rights. Watch and forward the 60-second Hub video
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