Head of IRIB World Service: US can not bear independent voice
Press TV chief and Head of IRIB World Service, Peyman Jebelli said that the US government can not bear hearing independent voice.
Iran Press/Iran news: The Director General of Press TV, and head of IRIB World Service, Peyman Jebelli asked: Why US government can't tolerate the voice of Islamic republic of Iran heard by US citizens, and why can't the US government bear hearing this independent voice?
The Director General of Press TV, told Iran Press News Agency on Saturday: "Today we have found out that the detention of journalist, Ms Marzieh Hashemi , is related to her career in Press TV. This means that, as far as the Americans are concerned, it is a crime for a free journalist to choose Iran's Press TV for his or her professional career."
Jebelli added: "I should mention that Press TV has no official bureau or offices in United States. We only have a number of freelance reporters and journalists working for us in the US. Marzieh Hashemi went on a personal trip to visit her family and relatives in the United States, specially to visit her sick brother. She wasn't on a work or business trip, or on an official trip on behalf of Press TV to United States.
Jebelli said: "Meanwhile US journalists in Iran are working freely. I don’t want to mention the name of US media outlets which are working in Iran, but about ten US media outlets work freely inside the country. There are not any restrictions on them, and they are certainly not being harassed in any way, and they simply get on with their journalistic work."
"US journalists with different media approach and policies are working in Iran and produce their news reports for their organizations. US journalists in Islamic republic of Iran freely enjoy their journalistic rights," Press TV’s chief explained.
Head of IRIB World Service added: "On the other hand unlike US journalists working in Iran, Iranian media in the US are working with the bare minimum of facilities and equipment, and a minimal budget, in such a way that we can't even compete with the weakest of US media outlets, in terms of facilities and equipment. But even so, the US government can't tolerate a single Iranian correspondent reporting freely from United States, things which the US administration does not want the world to know.
Peyman Jebeli, IRIB World Service chief on Wednesday forthrightly condemned the arrest and imprisonment of journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, saying: "The Trump administration was fully responsible for the safety and well-being of the Press TV anchor."
Press TV’s chief concluded: "US government manners and actions definitely means arrogance and show sprite of arrogance in the US government, imposed its demand to people of the world and public opinion but at the same time don’t allow US citizens listen to Islamic republic of Iran different massage.
Saturday, a court in the United States has confirmed the arrest of US-born Iranian Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi as a material witness in an unspecified investigation.
The court order said that Marzieh Hashemi, 59, had been arrested on a material witness warrant. She had made two court appearances, it said, and American authorities expected her to be released after “her testimony before a grand jury investigating violations of US criminal law.” Though the order said a lawyer had been appointed for Ms. Hashemi, none was named.
The document provided no details regarding the federal investigation for which Ms. Hashemi was detained. The F.B.I. did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The 59-year-old US citizen, who is based in Iran, was detained on Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri.
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