Posted by: bahareiran | October 11, 2011

Iran intimidates relatives of British-based journalists: BBC

Iranian authorities have launched a campaign of intimidation against relatives and friends of British-based Iranian journalists working for the BBC, the broadcaster said on Wednesday.

Security forces inIranare targeting family and friends of some 10 London-based BBC staff working for the broadcaster’s Persian service, director of BBC Global News Peter Horrocks said.

People had been arrested and intimidated, homes searched and passports confiscated, he wrote in a blog post.

‘The relatives have been told to tell the BBC staff to stop appearing on air, to return to Iran, or to secretly provide information on the BBC to Iranian authorities,’ Horrocks wrote.

The intimidation increased dramatically following the broadcast of a BBC documentary aboutIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei around a month ago.

‘Many of our Iranian employees who live inLondonare fearful to return to their country because of the regime’s attacks on the BBC,’ he said. (AFP – Oct 5, 2011)

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