Iran has been accused of plotting to kill two journalists in the UK



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Two British-Iranian journalists working in the UK have been warned by Iran of a “credible” plot to kill them, according to the London-based Iran International news channel.

In a statement on Monday, the Farsi-language broadcaster said it was “shocked and deeply concerned” by the alleged deadly threats, while accusing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of being part of a “significant and dangerous escalation of the campaign” in Tehran. to intimidate Iranian journalists working abroad.’

“Two of our British-Iranian journalists have received reports of increased threats in recent days,” Iran International said in a statement. “The Metropolitan Police have officially informed the two journalists that these threats pose an immediate, credible and substantial risk to their lives and their families.”

Iran International did not name the journalists for security reasons.

The IRGC is a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, created by the order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The United States has designated it as a terrorist organization.

Iran International has become one of the main sources for many Iranians looking for news on the protests following the arrest of Mahsa Amini: a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who was arrested by the morality police for allegedly not wearing a hijab properly.

“These deadly threats to UK citizens come after weeks of warnings from the IRGC and the Iranian government about the work of a free and uncensored Farsi-language media outlet operating in London,” the news channel added in its statement.

Iran International said other members of its staff had also been alerted by police to different threats, the statement said.

“We hope that the UK Government, international governments and other organizations will join us in condemning these terrible threats and continue to highlight the importance of media freedom,” the statement added.

London’s Metropolitan Police told CNN it would not comment on protective security matters relating to specific individuals.

“We would advise anyone with concerns for their safety to contact the police so that officers can assess the situation and provide safety and security advice where necessary,” police said.

The IRGC could not immediately be reached for comment by CNN.

Founded in 2017, Iran International has been covering recent demonstrations with exclusive footage of events on the ground. His Twitter account has over a million followers.

The 24-hour news channel has previously been under investigation by the Iranian government for its coverage.

In 2018, Iran International issued a statement denying ties to any government, including Riyadh or Tehran, after British newspaper The Guardian reported that its director was funded by a company with ties to Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In October, Iran said it had sanctioned several UK media outlets for “supporting terrorism” and “inciting violence”, the state-aligned Tasnim news agency reported.

The sanctioned entities included what Tehran called “anti-Iran TV channels,” such as Iran International, Tasnim reported.

Iranian journalists have also come under pressure from the Iranian authorities, including imprisonment and detention.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 61 journalists have been arrested in Iran since Monday for covering protests, reporting on the deaths of protesters and taking pictures of the demonstrations, according to a report by the organization.

Meanwhile, in a post on Twitter on Tuesday, the Kurdish Human Rights Organization Hengaw said the IRGC has “increased threats against members of Hengaw in recent days”, following the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman that sparked a wave of protests in the country. on sunday