British journalists warned of ‘credible threat’ from Iran

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British-Iranian journalists have been warned of a “credible threat” to their lives posed by a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces. Television channel Iran International said it was “shocked and deeply concerned” by the risks faced by its staff.

He told the Commons: “British-Iranian reporters who are now sited in the UK have been issued with credible threats by the police that the IRGC threatens their lives.”

Iran International, an independent UK-based Farsi-language news channel which employs two journalists whose heads are understood to have been marked, added that the Metropolitan Police had confirmed the threats were legitimate.

It said in a statement: “Two of our British-Iranian journalists have, in recent days, been notified of an increase in the threats to them.

The channel said it was “shocked and deeply concerned by the credible threats to life its Iranian-British journalists have received from the IRGC”.

Other members of its staff had, it added, “also been informed directly” by the Metropolitan Police of “separate threats”.

The journalists have not been identified for security reasons.

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The reported threats come amid protest in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, while being held for “inappropriate attire”.

Demonstrators have gathered across the country, at first protesting against the actions of “morality police” and increasingly calling for the toppling of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s regime.

Mr Blackman insisted it was surely time the UK proscribed the IRGC as a terrorist organisation.

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He told the Commons: “Thousands of Iranians have been arrested for just demonstrating their support for people who have been murdered.

“Now I’ve been supplied with long list of people who have been sentenced to death for just protesting. And even worse now, British-Iranian reporters who are now sited in the UK have been issued with credible threats by the police that the IRGC threatens their lives.

“What more does the IRGC have to do before we proscribe them in their entirety?”

Foreign Office Minister David Rutley responded: “I know [Mr Blackman] feels very strongly about these issues and has raised them at the highest level with FCDO ministers.

“We’ve been clear about our concerns with the IRGC’s continued destabilising activity throughout the region and the UK maintains a range of sanctions that work to constrain that destabilising activity.

“The list of proscribed organisations is kept under constant review but we do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.”

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