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BBC Panorama producer imprisoned in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 24, 2009

Maziar Bahari, a BBC Panorama producer and Canadian Iranian film-maker was arrested on June 21. It is suspected that he is being kept in Iran’s infamous in Evin prison.

Evin prison is also the location where a British Embassy employee was locked up in connection with the post election protests that broke out in Iran.

Excerpt via BBC – The Editors: Panorama producer imprisoned.

Maziar Bahari, the Iranian film-maker who worked with Jane Corbin on the Panorama film Obama and the Ayatollah that ran before last month’s fateful elections, was arrested in Tehran on 21 June. His laptop and some video tapes were also taken by men who didn’t identify themselves.

Reliable information is hard to come by but to the best of our knowledge he is in Evin prison and a “confession” attributed to him has been released in which he was described as a “collaborator of British and American media” who had compiled “hostile and false” reports.

Maziar, who has dual Canadian nationality, is an independent film-maker who also works for a wide range of broadcasters and publications. He wasn’t working for the BBC in the period after the elections when the country was gripped by demonstrations and widespread allegations that the election had been rigged in favour of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad .

Maziar’s contributions to Panorama would themselves have caused little complaint in Tehran. He worked on a 2008 film critical of the actions of the British Army in southern Iraq On Whose Orders? and as Jane Corbin points out anyone wanting a cliched and one-sided view of Iran would be wasting their time approaching Maziar.

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