[Pnews] Iranians Call For Protest Against Arrest of TV Anchor by FBI

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Mon Jan 21 13:15:33 EST 2019


  Iranians Call For Protest Against Arrest of TV Anchor by FBI

21 January 2019

Iranian netizens took to social media to call for a march in New York to 
demand freedom for Iranian TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi who was arrested 
last week by the FBI without any charges.

Using hashtags that quickly went viral, #FreeMarzieHashemi and # 
Pray4MaziehHashemi, Iranians called for a march next Friday at New 
York's Grand Central Station. The demonstrators will demand that the FBI 
free Hashemi who works with Iranian state media Press TV.

Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was arrested as soon as she arrived at 
Missouri's St. Louis Lambert International airport on Jan. 13 and 
transferred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 
to a detention facility in Washington.

Her arrest was made public two days later. According to the Iranian 
media, she was not allowed to contact anyone for the first two days.

Marzieh told her daughter that she was handcuffed and shackled but no 
charges against her were made public.

    What if all the memes, stories, opinions you've expressed and shared
    over the past decade could be used against you by the government and
    future administrations? What if the government could hold you,
    without charge, indefinitely, because you spoke out?
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    — Delilah Helton (@delilahheltonaz) January 20, 2019

She was reportedly denied from observing her faith. Her hijab 
(headscarf) was forcefully removed, and she was served pork, which is 
prohibited in Islam.

After a few days, it was conveyed by the U.S. authorities that she was 
arrested as a material witness and has not been accused of any crimes. 
She will be released after she testifies before "a grand jury 
investigating violations of U.S. criminal law," a court document said 

Hashemi has produced documentaries criticizing U.S.Middle 
East policies as well as its treatment of Muslims and African-Americans.

“The arrest of Marzieh Hashemi by America is an unacceptable political 
act that tramples on freedom of speech,” Iran’s Foreign Minister 
Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday.

A group of Iranians protested Sunday outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran 
which represents the interests of the United States in the absence of a 
U.S. embassy there.

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