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BBC appeals to UN over Harassment in Iran

For the first time in its history, the BBC is making an appeal to the United Nations in Geneva to protect the human rights of BBC journalists and their families. This unprecedented move comes in response to years of persecution and harassment by the Iranian authorities, which escalated in 2017. BBC Director General, Tony Hall, […]

UN Investigator Concerned at Torture in Iran

The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran has said she is worried about the fate of activists and political opponents arrested in the country. Asma Jahangir (pictured), who passed away in February, compiled a report for the U.N. Human Rights Council detailing the use of torture and the of the clampdown on freedom […]

Media Workers warn of “Death of Independent Journalism”

By Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Working as a professional journalist is subject to obtaining a journalist’s license from the Media Governance Organization [MGO] of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This sentence is part of Article 52 of the [MGO] Bill, […]

BBC Complains to UN on behalf of Persian Staff

The BBC has filed an urgent complaint to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on behalf of the staff of its BBC Persian service. The urgent complaint has also been sent to Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Two Journalists Imprisoned since August: IFJ

From the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Two Iranian journalists have been imprisoned since August on charges of “acting against national security”. The IFJ joined its affiliate the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ) in condemning their […]

Iran “Freezes Assets of BBC Persian Staff”

The BBC has said that Iranian authorities have frozen the assets of BBC Persian staff in Iran. BBC World Service Director Francesca Unsworth said the order was preventing staff from selling or buying property, cars and other goods. The service, which broadcasts on TV, on radio and online, is banned in Iran. More from BBC […]

Iran Still Ranking Poorly for Press Freedom

By John Lee. Iran has risen four places in the World Press Freedom Index for 2017, but is still ranked just 165th out of 180 countries. The result puts Iran ahead of such countries as Saudi Arabia and Yemen, but behind Iraq and Libya. First place went to Norway, with North Korea coming last. Reporters […]

Rouhani Govt Criticizes IRGC Arrests of Journalists

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Members of President Hassan Rouhani’s Cabinet have publicly criticized the recent arrests of Reformist journalists and online activists on the threshold of a presidential election. “From the beginning, the administration has been opposed to […]

Did Rouhani Ban Film about Jailed Iranian-American Businessman?

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Did Rouhani stop screening of hardline film about jailed Iranian-American? Ever since taking office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has come under increasing pressure from hard-liners who have been trying to tie his administration to the […]

Six Years Prison for Unpublished Story about Stoning

By John Lee. Amnesty International has called for Iranian authorities to immediately repeal the conviction and six-year prison sentence of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee for the writing of an unpublished story about the practice of stoning. “The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous. She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and […]

Two journalists Arrested in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Iranian authorities to immediately release two reformist journalists arrested in recent days, and stop jailing the media for doing their work. At the time of his arrest, pro-government media described Sadra Mohaqeq, the editor of the reformist newspaper Shargh Daily, as an “infiltrator.” Security forces detained […]

Rouhani targets Iran’s Conservative Media

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Since taking office in August 2013, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been the target of a relentless campaign by the country’s conservative media. While the president has no control over the judiciary, which is […]

Tightening the Net: Iran’s National Internet Project

ARTICLE 19 has launched the first part of the ‘Tightening the Net‘ series, a report which explores Iran’s National Internet Project, analysing its history and development, its ramifications for freedom of expression online, and offering recommendations to the Iranian government, as well as private investors and technology companies that may be investing in digital development […]

Is BBC Persian Meddling in Iranian Elections?

By a correspondent in Tehran, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Is BBC Persian Meddling in Iranian Elections? In the coming days, Iran will be holding elections for its Assembly of Experts, and as such, every side is maneuvering to gain as many […]

Iran MP: We’ve Created Artificial Red Lines on Free Speech

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Official campaigning for the Feb. 26 Iran parliamentary elections will begin Feb. 18 and last until Feb. 25, according to official election bodies. However, as is the norm in Iranian politics, unofficial campaigning has […]

Video: Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian Freed

From Washington Post. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran has freed Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, according to Iranian news media. He was arrested in Iran in 2014 and convicted of espionage last year. Here’s what you need to know about […]

UN calls on Iran to Stop Intimidating Journalists

UN experts call on Iran to stop intimidating journalists ahead of parliamentary elections The authorities in Iran should stop arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and provide a safe space for freedom of expression as the country prepares for parliamentary elections early next year, UN human rights experts said today. “Increasing intimidation of […]

Video: Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian Convicted

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Judicial spokesman says the Iranian-American journalist accused of spying, can appeal undisclosed verdict. The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief has been held for more than 400 days, on accusations of spying. Al Jazeera’s […]