Further to my last posting, some more of the history of Iran/ UK relations.
The US and the UK of course never interfere in the elections of other nation
states...they might just influence them a bit, do some nudging...nudge,
nudge...say no more...:-) Nuffink wrong with a bit of education...especially
at a distance of course...and it certainly makes it difficult to catch the
teachers. Blogging too has become very important. We here in Blighty aren't
anti-revolution or pro-revolution of course, we believe in the status quo,
gentle change, electoral change, democracy, everyone and every view has its
place, equality amongst the classes, races, nations, religions, the young and
old, men and women. We all have equal opportunities in theory, if not in fact,
and freedom of the press and media is legendary throughout the capitalist,
democratic world; even the security and intelligence services are democratic,
accountable, controlled, and mass surveillance is proportionate and doesn't
differentiate between one citizen and another...who could ask for more.
How could Iran have got it so wrong... The Iranian elections in question were
in 2009, and the course was organised for trainee Iranian journalists about 6
months before this. I dare say that the ZigZag course became more aligned,
sophisticated, improved during that time and the Presidential elections of 2013.
Co-incidences, even when there is more than two do not necessarily make facts
of course, and inferences, deductions, inductions and projections made from
them are not necessarily truths...And one can see that Iran certainly has the
long arm of the law...and a long memory too; and to take vengeance now, after
so long...What was Boris thinking of...:-). If he goes there, one never knows,
they might arrest him too...for being a friend of David Cameron, the last Prime
see url: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21230687
Iran has arrested 11 journalists accused of co-operating with foreign
Persian-language media organisations, according to local media reports.
Seven men and four women working for six different media outlets were
reportedly detained late on Sunday.
Tehran considers hostile organisations such as the BBC's Persian service and
the US-based Voice of America (VOA).
Last week, the BBC accused the Iranian authorities of intimidating BBC Persian
staff members based in London.
Iran-based family members of BBC journalists have been called in for
questioning by the intelligence services, and false websites and Facebook
accounts have been created to smear presenters and other personnel with various
allegations, including sexual misconduct.
The head of BBC Persian, Sadeq Saba, said it was not the first time the Iranian
authorities had resorted to such tactics, but that the number of incidents and
level of harassment had increased in the last few weeks.
Iran accused the BBC of inciting unrest after the disputed re-election of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. BBC Persian broadcast online videos and
interviewed protesters, who described deaths, injuries and arbitrary arrests
carried out by security forces.
The 11 journalists were picked up on a "warrant issued by the judiciary", on
charges of "co-operation with Persian-language anti-revolutionary media", local
The Fars news agency identified them as Sasan Aghaei, Pouria Alami, Emily
Amraei, Javad Daliri, Milad Fadaei, Narges Jodaki, Soleiman Mohammadi, Akbar
Montajabi, Pejman Mousavi, Motahareh Shafiey and Nasrin Takhayori.
The editors of the journalists told the Associated Press that they had been
arrested because of their "foreign contacts", but the extent of their links
with foreign media was not immediately clear.
Culture Minister Seyyed Mohammad Hoseyni was quoted by the Isna news agency as
saying the journalists had "not been accused of journalism-related charges".
"We are investigating the issue and after getting more information we will
provide the media with it. It seems that they have been arrested over security
accusations," he added.
The arrests looks to observers like a tightening of restrictions by the Iranian
leadership on the media ahead of June's presidential election, the BBC's Nick
They also come against a background of reports of discontent in Iran over an
economy struggling under Western-led sanctions imposed over Iran's disputed
nuclear programme, our correspondent adds.>>>End of quote.