Iran: BBC Persian Journalists

Part of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 13th October 2020.

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Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The attacks against BBC Persian employees and their families, and threats to an entirely legitimate media organisation, are unacceptable. We raise this harassment regularly with the Iranian Government, as well as at the Human Rights Council. We will continue to defend BBC Persian’s editorial independence. We most recently raised our concerns about media freedom in Iran in an E3 Foreign Ministers’ letter to Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on 22 September.