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January 8, 2015 6:51 pm

Iranian Regime Prevents Local Journalists From Showing Solidarity With Charlie Hebdo Attack Victims

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"Je Suis Charlie" has become a rallying cry in the media, but Iranian journalists were prevented by the ruling regime from showing their support. Image: Twitter

Iranian journalists who attempted to stage a demonstration in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were prevented from doing so by security forces in Tehran.

The demonstration was attempted on January 8 near the building which had housed the Association of Iranian Journalists before it was shut down by former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s government in August 2009, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

A journalist, who did not want to be identified by name told RFE/RL that there was a heavy police presence on the streets leading to the Association of Iranian Journalists before the scheduled demonstration.

He said journalists had planned to put flowers and light candles in front of the association’s building as a sign of respect for the staff members of Charlie Hebdo who were killed in the January 7 attack.

But the journalist said they were forced to leave without placing the flowers they had carried after an hour of trying to bargain with the police.

“We just wanted to express our disgust regarding the terrorist attack,” said another journalist who was planning to participate in the solidarity gathering.

Journalists and media organizations across the globe have been rallying around Charlie Hebdo over the last two days with demonstrations and other acts of solidarity.

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  • Which planet are these Iranian journalists living on? How could the Islamic Republic allow any public solidarity with journalists who caricatured the prophet? Saudi Arabia, however, sent a representtive to the Paris march for free speech while giving a Saudi writer ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for exercising freedom of speech.

  • Iran Fail (@IranFail)

    I can understand why Iranian journalist in Iran were not able to condemn the massacre, but how about the Iranian action advocate groups here in the US?

    Curiously there has been one quiet corner of the Internet and that is the domain occupied by the supporters and advocates of the Iranian regime. A casual perusal of the social media feeds of people such as Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council showed a lack of commentary or condemnation of the attack. In Parsi’s case he did not even post any comment on the attack until hours later and even then provided a link to an editorial by Juan Cole that attempted to rationalize the murders in the context that it did not represent a broader indictment of Muslims.

    Why this is curious is when compared to other acts such as the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri or even the recent protests by New York Police Department officers against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Parsi has been vocal and quick to cite these incidents and condemn them. Yet in a case where he could have made a clear demarcation between the violent and extremist acts of Muslims intent on perverting a religion for their own gains, he remained largely silent.

  • charlie johnson

    Remember where the revolutions leader can from during the hostage taking at the US embassy in Iran ? Was it not France?

  • charlie johnson

    So,By their acts,The government of Iran is approving the actions of the terrorist in France.