Amnesty Malvern Hills group’s major event for 2010 is a presentation of this important new documentary film, followed by a discussion and public forum led by two former Guantánamo prisoners, Moazzam Begg and Omar Deghayes, and the film’s co-director, Andy Worthington. The date is Tuesday 19 October at 7.30pm, at The Forum, Malvern Theatres.
When Dr David Nicholl took on Birmingham firm Hiatts over evidence that they produced the shackles at Guantanamo he had a lot to be worried about. He coordinated an action with music, hippies, lawyers, a stand-up comedian, a large truck and a lot of orange. He was nervous about what his patients would think, worried that he might get an ASBO, felt the pressure of maintaining Amnesty’s reputation, concerned about what his wife might say and anxious about how it might be viewed in light of July 7th terrorist attacks. However, David knew what he was doing was standing up for truth, justice and human rights. He stuck to his guns and the action got great coverage. His courage sets a great example that other campaigners could learn from.
When campaigning it can help to get press coverage if you use celebrity endorsement. David Nicholl in his campaigning on Guantanamo Bay met Terry Waite (famous for being held hostage in Lebanon from 1987-91) and used the photo to help get additional media coverage. You don’t necessarily have to involve a national celebrity, a local one can achieve coverage in your local paper.