Wide-Mouthed Vigilante VS. Women’s Rights Activist
A well-known member of Iran’s paramilitary and vigilante organization Basij, a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guards, has issued death threats and launched a vicious verbal attack on Iranian journalist, writer, and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad. Although Alinejad has faced threats in the past, the violent nature of the attacks is unprecedented. She intends to file an official legal complaint against him.
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.