NUJ statement on threats to journalists at Iran International
Two British-Iranian journalists for the UK-based Persian-language TV channel have been warned of a possible risk to their lives.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “It is shocking and outrageous that journalists carrying out their work in London are being targeted and facing credible death threats that are clearly emanating from the Iranian state. These are not isolated incidents – the latest threats against journalists working at Iran International are part of a decade-long sustained campaign against journalists and their families at BBC Persian Service and Iran International. The stress and pressure this has placed journalists and their families under is despicable and is clearly designed to instil fear and have a chilling effect on media freedom. It is no surprise that as protests against the government in Iran spread, the government is escalating its regime of terror and intimidation to attempt to close down reports of what is happening there. The NUJ will continue to do all we can to support our members and along with the International Federation of Journalists we will continue to press internationally and via the UN to force Iran to desist.”