[Note: spellings of Muntazer al-Zaidi vary; we have gone with this spelling, as widely used by the UK press and agencies.]
Robert Holmes Tuttle
US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s
24 Grosvenor Square
We as journalists believe that our colleague Muntadar al-Zaidi, who protested at President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday is guilty of nothing but expressing Iraqis’ legitimate and overwhelming opposition to the US-led occupation of their country.
We call on you to guarantee his safety and effect his immediate release from custody.
US President George W. Bush will give his first online interview later today in a collaboration between political website The Politico and Yahoo News.
Bush will be questioned on camera by The Politico’s Mike Allen, who will go behind-the-scenes at the White House and ask questions on a ‘colorful mix of serious policy-related topics, and some personal questions’, a release on the site said.
The video will be available on Yahoo News’ homepage from Tuesday afternoon (EDT) with a full transcript on Politico.
“This interview is a natural progression in political news coverage, mirroring the change in the habits of Americans, who are increasingly turning online for their news,” said Alan Warms, vice president and general manager of Yahoo News, in the release.