Iran’s global campaign to silence journalists crosses a line, and borders
For years, staffers of the BBC’s Iranian-language services — and their family members back in Iran — have endured threats to their safety and liberty. Last week the BBC took extraordinary and unprecedented action. It filed a complaint with the United Nation Human Rights Commission on behalf of 152 employees of its Persian-language service against the government of the Islamic Republic, hoping to halt a systematic campaign to silence journalists. The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian reports.
BBC Persian Appeal to the UN: “Journalism is Not a Crime”
The BBC has appealed to the United Nations to help protect journalists working for its Persian service, highlighting the systematic harassment and intimidation carried out by the Iranian government.
On March 14, BBC Persian Service senior correspondent Kasra Naji delivered the first ever appeal to the UN Human Rights Council during its 37th session in Geneva, a move that BBC Director General Tony Hall said was necessary “because our own attempts to persuade the Iranian authorities to end their harassment have been completely ignored.”