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Foreign Secretary summons Iranian Chargé d'Affaires over threats to journalists in the UK

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly instructed the FCDO to summon Iran's most senior diplomat.

11 November 2022

The Foreign Secretary today instructed the FCDO to summon Iran's most senior diplomat following a series of serious threats against journalists living in the UK.

In recent years, the Metropolitan Police have contacted a number of UK-based journalists, having received credible information about a threat to their lives.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said:

The UK will always stand up to threats from foreign nations. I summoned the Iranian representative today to make clear that we do not tolerate threats to life and intimidation of any kind towards journalists, or any individual, living in the UK.

The Iranian regime has responded to widespread internal protests with the suppression of freedom of expression and the targeting of media outlets operating in Iran. More than 40 journalists have been arrested and detained.

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