Iranians Using Blackmail to Influence Media Coverage

Sep 7, 2017

Reporters Without Borders, an independent group of journalists that monitors and reports on attempts to intimidate and influence members of the media worldwide has issued a scathing report about Iran. The Iranian government is using spies, often posing as journalists themselves, to blackmail and threaten journalists and their families in order to influence coverage of its rogue regime.

In fact, over 50 international journalists have reported being threatened by Iranian agents in the past year, including 16 who received death threats. Persian speaking journalists are the most commonly threatened, but everyone who covers stories about Iran is at risk. These include Persian speaking employees of the BBC who have sometimes had members of their families detained by the Iranians.