Activists call on Oscars to bring attention to plight of jailed doctor who helped U.S. find Osama bin Laden


On Friday’s OTR at 10pm/ET, we told you about the effort to get Hollywood to help free Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who aided in Osama bin Laden’s capture (CLICK HERE to watch our interview with Dominic Di-Natale)…check out the Fox News article below and post your thoughts on how tonight’s Academy Awards could help Dr. Afridi .

Could Oscar’s attention free the man who helped find Usama Bin Laden?

By Hollie McKay,

LOS ANGELES –  Hollywood-based activists are praising  Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty” and calling on its cast and crew — as well as the teams behind all of the Best Picture-nominated films — to draw attention to the plight of Dr. Shakil Afridi, a pivotal player in bringing Usama bin Laden to justice.

Bob and Kira Lorsch and their RHL Group took out a full-page ad in Thursday’s Hollywood Reporter with the headline: “Oscar, Help Free Afridi. America’s Abandoned Hero.”

The ad, part of the group’s “Free Dr. Afridi” campaign, reads in part: “Dr. Shakil Afridi is the man who verified Usama bin Laden’s location in Pakistan for the United States. Without Dr. Afridi’s sacrifice, we may not have pinpointed the location of the world’s most dangerous terrorist. His Reward… he was abandoned, captured and is still being tortured by Pakistan ever since Bin Laden was killed in May 2011. After all, who will stand up to help America next time if this is how we treat our friends?”

The advertisement also acknowledges a number of individuals and organizations it says have championed the issue, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the cast and crew of “Zero Dark Thirty,” and Fox News Correspondent Dominic DiNatale and Producer Sib Kaifee, whose exclusive reporting has helped shed light on the Afridi case.

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