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BBC UN appeal: Stop Iran harassing Persian service staff

Fear of arrest In October last year, BBC Persian journalists gathered at a memorial service for someone most had never met. They were there to support a colleague whose father had just died in Iran. He had received a call a week before to say his father had been taken ill. In normal circumstances, he might have jumped on a plane and rushed to the hospital to be with his father. But BBC Persian staff are unable to travel back to Iran for fear of arrest, so the best he could do was to contact his father via the Skype messaging service. A week later, his father died. Unable to attend the real memorial service in Iran where people who knew his father could share their grief and memories, our colleague had to make do with the compassion of workmates over pastries in a room in central London. Iran 'detains alleged BBC Persian journalists' UN urges Iran to stop harassing BBC staff

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