BREAKING: Journalist Marzieh Hashemi Detained in U.S. on Unspecified Charges
USA – January 16, 2019
Freedom of speech doesn’t exist in modern-day America, and another proof of it comes from the case of American-Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, who was detained and imprisoned by authorities on unspecified charges. It’s as easy as that: If Washington doesn’t like what you say, you go to jail.
American-born Hashemi is most famous for anchoring news programs and presenting shows for well-known Iranian news channel Press TV. Her family and friends said Hashemi was detained immediately upon the arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri on Sunday.
According to Press TV sources, she was then transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, D.C. US officials have so far refused to provide either her or her family any reasons for her apprehension. In short, Hashemi was detained and arrested illegally.
The initial purpose of Hashemi’s (born Melanie Franklin) arrival to the U.S. was to visit her sick brother and other family members. Yet, after the Deep State organized this brutal act of detention, her relatives were unable to contact her, and she was allowed to contact her daughter only two days after her arrest.
The Iranian side has reacted quickly, issuing an open letter to the world and launching the hashtag campaigns #FreeMarziehHashemi and #Pray4MarziehHashemi . Here is the text of their address.
In the Name of God
We have breaking news this hour regarding journalist and Press TV news anchor Ms. Marzieh Hashemi.
We have been informed of her arrest and imprisonment in Washington DC. The reasons for her arrest remains unclear, although no formal charges have been pressed against her.
Ms. Hashemi who had been traveling within the United States to visit with her ill brother and other relatives was detained in a Saint Louis airport on Sunday, and has now been transferred to a Washington DC facility by the FBI.
Relatives had been unable to contact Ms. Hahemi for over 48 hours, and only recently learned details about her detention.
Even though there are no charges against her, Ms. Hashemi informed family members of her ill treatment in the prison facility. She described her hijab having had been removed against her will and that she is being treated as a criminal even though there are no charges against her. The prison officials have also denied her access to halal or vegetarian dietary options for the past few days, only serving her meals with meat which she has refused to eat. She mentioned that she had only been able to eat Pretzels and bread.
Keep in mind, that Ms. Hashemi who was born in the United States is an American citizen, who has not been found guilty of any crimes. She is a journalist here at Press TV and we will certainly be following up on her situation as we learn more.
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Thus, once again, freedom of speech, one of the key values when America was founded, means nothing today. Journalists can be detained at the snap of a finger and politicians can suffer if they express unpopular opinions. That’s basically how it works in modern-day America.