Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has told Iran International that it condemns threats by the Islamic Republic against journalists inside and outside the country.
Responding to a query, the ministry said journalists and media workers must freely do their job without political interference or intimidation.
“Freedom of expression, online or offline, is a fundamental human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Journalists, activists and media workers are the cornerstone of any fair, strong and vibrant society and must be free to do their work without fear of reprisals. Any violence and intimidation against journalists or activists are completely unacceptable and must be condemned,” reads the statement.
Canada's spy agency has launched an investigation on what it calls multiple “credible” death threats against individuals on its soil by the Islamic Republic.
CBC News said Friday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is aware that some state agents of the Islamic Republic are “monitoring and intimidating” people inside Canada to silence those who speak against the regime.
On November 7, Iran International released a statement that its journalists have received “credible threats” from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Some employees were informed of the threats by the Metropolitan Police.
After the publication of this statement, international organizations supporting journalists condemned any plots by the Islamic Republic against Iran International on British soil.
UK’s intelligence authorities also announced they have discovered at least 10 “potential threats” since January to “kidnap or even kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the regime.”