Asking TV reporters to interview relief workers

I encourage all of you to contact the major TV news networks and ask them to do more interviews with relief workers about the *indirect* effects on civilians of bombing. When I called, some of the people I talked to actually sounded receptive to this idea. Here is their contact information:

ABC World News Tonight
47 W. 66 Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 456-4040

CBS Evening News
524 W. 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 975-4321 or (212) 975-3691

One CNN Center
Box 105366
Atlanta, GA 30348-5366
(404) 827-0234

NBC Nightly News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10012
(212) 664-4971 or (202) 885-4259

Below is a message I wrote about this for email and postcards. If you use it as a guide for email, please change it enough so that it won't look like a mass mailing. They ignore mass mailings. They also ignore messages addressed to lists, so please write to each of them separately.



Dear ___ reporters,

For the sake of the millions of children in Iraq and the millions of children who will suffer and die in future wars if Americans do not become better informed, please do much more reporting about the *indirect* effects on civilians of bombing, including bombing that does not target civilian structures. These indirect effects include suffering and death from

--untreated medical emergencies and hunger due to disruption of services and supply lines,

--diseases due to damaged water and sewage systems, which often depend on electricity, and

--epidemics in refugee camps, where people from separate regions are brought together.

It is not necessary to wait until the new refugee camps are full. You could do extensive interviews now about the indirect effects of the bombing of Iraq in 1991 and the bombing of Afghanistan in 2001.

Here is contact information for two respected relief organizations:

CARE International
(404) 979-9450 (media relations office)
("Victims of War: Iraq")

Oxfam International
(202) 496-1306 (press office)
("Fact Sheet on Humanitarian Implications of Military Action in Iraq")