- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On November 10, 2011
- 14 Comments
- Iran, Lauren Booth, Ofcom, Press TV
In June this year, I spoke on yet another panel on Islam. One of the other panellists was Lauren Booth (former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s sister-in-law who has become a Muslim – err I mean Islamist).
The debate has already been posted on my blog here. However, I just came across a short clip of the debate where she is criticised for working for Press TV, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s mouthpiece. [By the way, Press TV is located in London and is an English-language station of the regime.]
Here’s the clip:
As I said in the clip, Press TV is an arm of the regime’s intelligence service – it’s not press in any way shape or form. The press is banned in Iran unless it is run and approved by the state and even then many outlets are banned for transgressing rules.
The evidence on Press TV’s collaboration with the regime is shocking. In one case, they filmed a Newsweek journalist imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin prison reading a forced ‘confession’ and knew it was forced. Bahari, who was freed after 118 days, was arrested while covering the 2009 protests in Iran and was told he would be executed if he did not confess.
Also Press TV ‘interviewed’ Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani on a number of occassions and a ‘reporter’ was even heard ordering her to confess under duress.
It seems that Ofcom (the communications sector regulator) is now looking into Press TV.
About time! Shut it down already!
As an aside, I have been called to do interviews with Press TV on a number of occassions. Of course I have always refused and given them a piece of my mind. The regime would kill me a hundred times for the things I have said and done if it could get its grubby paws on me and its path is strewn with the bodies of the innumerable murdered for speaking or living 21st century lives…
If Press TV is shut down, it will be a victory for the people of Iran. Another plus of course would be that Lauren Booth and former MP George Galloway (who are so enamoured with Ahmadinejad, they needs to work for him) will lose their paycheques. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, as he stopped presenting his show for Press TV in March but I guess you can’t win them all.