UANI Calls on Gotham Hall to Deny President Ahmadinejad a Platform for Propaganda

Press Release
New York, September 18, 2009 – The think tank United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on Gotham Hall to refuse to host President Ahmadinejad and offered Gotham Hall an opportunity to clarify its role as the host of a banquet for the Iranian delegation and as host for a speech by President Ahmadinejad on September 25, 2009 during his stay in New York for the UN General Assembly. 
In a letter to Allen Kurtz, Managing Director of Gotham Hall, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace wrote “UANI requests Gotham Hall to clarify and reconsider its decision to host the banquet and address and instead decline to provide such a venue for President Ahmadinejad.  As we expressed to area venues in July, UANI denounces any decision to host President Ahmadinejad in New York and calls upon Gotham Hall to join the international community in isolating Iran and condemning its illicit nuclear program.” 
“By doing business with the Iranian government Gotham Hall is accepting blood money from a regime that brutally suppresses its own people and that is a danger to global security.  Moreover, by providing a forum for President Ahmadinejad’s speech, Gotham Hall is serving as a bullhorn for the propaganda of the illegitimate leader of a brutal theocratic dictatorship.”
To the extent that Gotham Hall persists in its plans to host President Ahmadinejad UANI will call on members of the public to boycott Gotham Hall.
Press Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb
Phone: (212) 554-3296

One Response to UANI Calls on Gotham Hall to Deny President Ahmadinejad a Platform for Propaganda

  1. In a statement, David Miller, a representative of Apple Core Holdings, the parent company of Gotham Hall said “Once we learned of the nature of this event and the attendance of President Ahmadinejad, we took steps to cancel the event.”

    UANI President Ambassador Mark Wallace said of Gotham Hall’s decision “UANI applauds Gotham Hall for taking a stand and choosing not to provide President Ahmadinejad with a bullhorn for his propaganda. Gotham Hall made a decision to align itself with the international community to isolate Iran and its thuggish theocracy. We thank our supporters for helping us in our mission to disrupt Iran’s ability to do business as long as it continues to finance an illegal nuclear weapons program. We call on other American and international businesses to follow the example of Gotham Hall.”

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