Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi jailed in US on unspecified charges


Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has been detained and imprisoned in the United States for unspecified reasons.

Editor’s note:  She is African American and had traveled with Robert David Steele and former member of congress Cynthia McKinney on their cross country campaign.

She is a VT regular and has interviewed VT personnel well over 100 times.  This is a frightening escalation.

American-born Hashemi, most famous for anchoring news programs and presenting shows for Press TV, was detained upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, her family and friends said.

Press TV has learned that she was transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, D.C. The US officials have so far refused to provide any reasons for her apprehension either to her or her family.

The Associated Press (AP) said a call to the FBI rang unanswered early on Wednesday morning. The bureau did not immediately respond to a written request for comment, it added.

Hashemi, born Melanie Franklin, had arrived in the US to visit her ill brother and other family members.

Her relatives were unable to contact her, and she was allowed to contact her daughter only two days after her arrest.
PressTV-Press TV issues statement on anchor’s detention in US
PressTV-Press TV issues statement on anchor’s detention in US
The Iranian television news network releases a statement about the situation of its anchorwoman Marzieh Hashemi who is being held in a US detention center.

Mistreatment in US jail

Hashemi, who has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim convert, has told her daughter that she was handcuffed and shackled and was being treated like a criminal.

The journalist also said that she had her hijab forcibly removed, and was photographed without her headscarf upon arrival at the prison.

Hashemi has only been allowed to wear a T-shirt, and is currently using another one to cover her head.

Furthermore, she has been offered only pork as meal – which is forbidden under Islamic law – and even denied bread and any other halal food after refusing to consume the meat.

Hashemi told her daughter that the only food she has had over the past two days has been a packet of crackers.

Hashemi’s family members and media activists have launched a social media campaign with the hashtags #FreeMarziehHashemi and #Pray4MarziehHashemi in support of the detained journalist.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

and from Sputnik News, Russia

Tehran Lambasts US’ ‘Illegal, Inhumane’ Arrest of Iranian Journalist

A US-born journalist for Iran’s Press TV has been arrested at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday, according to the reporter’s family and friends.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi has slammed the “illegal” arrest of the journalist, working for the country’s English-language Press TV, and demanded her immediate release. Tehran has also condemned the “inhuman treatment of her in jail in Washington.”

“We denounce the move by the US, which detained Marziyeh Hashemi illegally and inhumanely. The US’ actions with regard to her are a direct violation of human rights,” the official website quoted the spokesman as saying.

“The sudden arrest of an American Muslim woman, and inhuman and disrespectful behavior of U.S. federal officers with her is a clear example of how an apartheid regime treats its non-white citizens,” Qasemi said.

He specified that the journalist “has been unable to contact anyone for two days,” while the attitude toward her after the detention insults her as a Muslim.

Press TV quoted her as saying she had been prohibited from wearing a Muslim hijab in the prison and had been offered pork for her meal.

US-born Marziyeh Hashemi was arrested at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday, according to Press TV, citing the reporter’s family and friends. It became known on Wednesday, after she hadn’t established contact with her relatives for two days. According to a Press TV statement, Hashemi, who has been reportedly living in Iran for over a decade, came to the US to visit her family members, including her brother, who is suffering from cancer. No charges have been so far brought against her. She was allowed to call her daughter two days after her arrest, the broadcaster said.

It further reported that Hashemi was born Melanie Franklin in the United States and changed her name after converting to Islam.

As a journalist, she has reported on such sensitive subjects as discrimination against women, Muslims, and African-Americans in the United States.


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  1. What a POS justice system we have. They have taken a big steaming dump on the Bill of Rights. It’s sad what others have died for, only to let future generations, out of apathy and ignorance, let it rot. Never sit on a jury, and if you’re voir dire(d), tell the judge and prosecutor straight up that you can’t in good conscience vote guilty under any circumstances owing to the fact that the US government is a criminal enterprise.

  2. Sounds like they placed her in LA County jail. Without knowing the circumstances it is hard to comment, but the event fits in well with other recent arrests. Expect the hand of pedophile John Bolton to surface somewhere, and related to this. However she’s a little too old for his taste. Soon American travelers will have to select their destination from a limited menu. Very limited.

  3. This is a monstrous outrage evidently committed by the Jewish International thugs and criminals in Israel who have hi jacked the now dictatorial totalitarian government of the corrupt U.S. She is a highly intelligent and fair journalist who only seeks the truth in her many questions and interviews. The criminals in the FBI should instead arrest the Jewish international criminals in Israel, and Bush, Cheney and the four star generals who did 9/11/01. They are the real danger to the world for 17 years and counting.
    America is now a cesspool controlled by the cesspool Israel and its God: MONEY. Shame on all of you gangster mafia thugs.

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