URGENT ACTION: Daily News launches Political Attack On Oscar Lopez Rivera!
On Saturday January 21st, the Daily News published an article by Mara Bovsun titled, “Justice Story: FALN bomb kills 4 at Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington said farewell to troops” in which she details the history of the armed action organized by the FALN at Fraunces Tavern on January 24th, 1975.
At the end of the article, she mentions that Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, who was a member of the FALN, was denied parole last year and quoted John Connor, the son of one of the Fraunces Tavern victims, ‘Finally…some justice forour father, Frank Connor, and other victims of the FALN.”’
This article is a one-sided hit piece that attempts to portray Oscar as a terrorist who is getting his “just deserts.” The Daily News must be held accountable for reporting the facts of Oscar’s case.
For example: In a highly unorthodox and
controversial move, John Connor and other family members of the Fraunces Tavern bombing were allowed to give testimony at Oscar’s parole hearing to prejudice the parole board. Oscar’s defense team protested their attendance and asked for them to leave; there request was denied.
Oscar was never charged with or convicted of the Fraunces Tavern action, therefore can’t be held responsible for it; their testimonials against him should not have had any bearing on his parole hearing and should not have been allowed.
While incarcerated, Oscar’s behavior has been exemplary and support for his parole has come from religious leaders, academics, union leaders and elected officials throughout Puerto Rico and the United States. In fact, thousands of letters, telephone calls and emails have been made and continue today calling for Oscar’s release.
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign is asking our supporters to call the Daily News’ News Department and demand that an article be published on the international movement for Oscar Lopez Rivera’s parole! Demand that the News Department speak with Oscar Lopez Rivera’s legal representatives, his supporters and family members! Demand a stop to this yellow journalism and fairness in the news reporting!
Call the Daily News 212-210-1585 and ask for the News Department! Let them know ProLibertad is available for any interviews on Oscar at 718-601-4751 or ProLibertad@...