Farid sent us this RPS item dated September 29:
In a move considered to be the first, a group of intellectual Jordanians embracing the world of journalism, writing, arts, and politics issued a press release today asking the Syrian government to free several Syrian dissidents.
The communiqué specifically named Kamal al-Labwani, Michel Kilo, Anwar al-Bouni, Fateh Jamous, and Ali al-Abdullah who signed the Damascus-Beirut Declaration in an effort to contribute to the normalizations of relations between Syria and Lebanon to be freed for unlawful and "unreasonable" detention.
The communiqué further conveyed the notion that "prisons are not a place for those who seek freedom, democracy, and human rights who are constantly looking for ways to avoid mistakes and pitfalls that more than likely will be paid for by the people [of Syria]".
Some of those who signed the communiqué are: Mr. Jihad Ranteesy, a well known journalist and political analyst, Mr. Jamil al-Nomri, of the Left Democratic Party, Mr. Raja Talab, a political writer, and Mr. Mohammad Farhan, a journalist.