Iran accused of threatening journalists working for UK-based broadcasters

The protests in iran rocked the country and led to the regime accusing foreign broadcasters of stoking the unrest. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 27 November 2019

Iran accused of threatening journalists working for UK-based broadcasters

  • Britain’s NUJ said staff at broadcasters Iran International and the BBC Persian Service have had family members in Iran threatened and harassed
  • Iran admits imposing 'judicial and legal restrictions" on property held by individuals associated with Iran International

LONDON: Iranian journalists working for UK-based broadcasters have been threatened by the authorities in Tehran after protests rocked the country.

Britain’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said staff at broadcasters Iran International and the BBC Persian Service have also had family members threatened and harassed.

On Tuesday, the Iranian judiciary’s website said it imposed “judicial and legal restrictions” on property held by individuals associated with Iran International. 

Iran has accused foreign media of stirring up the protests that started on Nov. 15 and led to at least 143 people killed by the security forces in a brutal crackdown, according to Amnesty International.

Michelle Stanistreet, the NUJ’s general secretary, called on Iran to stop the “cruel and inhumane tormenting of families.”

“Once again NUJ members working in the UK are being hounded and harassed by the Iranian state,” she said. “Officials are using outrageous tactics to intimidate and threaten journalists across a range of media outlets in the UK and internationally, including the targeting of our members at Iran International and the BBC Persian Service.”

On Friday, Iran's ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, said the mission had written to Britain's broadcasting watchdog Ofcom about the conduct of “hostile Farsi networks.”


China revokes three Wall Street Journal press cards over ‘Sick Man’ headline

Updated 19 February 2020

China revokes three Wall Street Journal press cards over ‘Sick Man’ headline

  • Wall Street Journal op-ed had a ‘racially discriminatory’ and ‘sensational’ headline

China said Wednesday it has revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters over an editorial headline it deemed racist, with the newspaper adding they had been ordered to leave in five days.
The expulsion, one of its harshest moves against foreign media in recent years, came as Beijing also slammed Washington’s decision to tighten rules on Chinese state media organizations in the US, calling the move “unreasonable and unacceptable.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Journal editorial — which was titled “China is the Real Sick Man of Asia” — had a “racially discriminatory” and “sensational” headline, and slammed the newspaper for not issuing an official apology.
“As such, China has decided that from today, the press cards of three Wall Street Journal reporters in Beijing will be revoked,” Geng told a press briefing.
The Journal reported that deputy bureau chief Josh Chin and reporter Chao Deng, both US nationals, as well as reporter Philip Wen, an Australian, had been ordered to leave the country in five days.
The editorial, written by Bard College professor Walter Russell Mead, also criticized the Chinese government’s initial response to the new coronavirus outbreak — calling the Wuhan city government at the virus epicenter “secretive and self-serving,” while dismissing national efforts as ineffective.
The February 3 piece “slandered the efforts of the Chinese government and the Chinese people to fight the epidemic,” said Geng.
The new coronavirus epidemic has killed over 2,000 people in China and infected more than 74,000, and has spread to at least two dozen countries around the world.