Iran’s Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs has denounced the detention of Press TV news anchor Marzieh Hashemi, who has been taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as material witness in an unspecified case.
In a statement published on Sunday, the vice presidency expressed its support for the inalienable humanitarian rights of the female Muslim journalist, calling on Iranian officials to do their best to secure Hashemi’s release.
‘US trampling on its principles by arresting Hashemi’
In a related development also on Sunday, Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Mohammad Azari Jahromi said the US administration has once again trampled on its own principles by detaining Press TV’s anchorwoman.
In a message on his Instagram account, Azari Jahromi commended Press TV’s approach to actively engage global issues, which has revealed true colors of the US government.
“The US government has once again trampled on its own basic principles. It would be very good if this model of active engagement were taken as a role model by modern media and social networks and cyberspace,” he said.
Hashemi’s detention reveals US government’s weakness: Salehi
Meanwhile, Iranian Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on Sunday that the detention of Press TV news anchor has revealed the weakness of the US government, which always claims to be a “beacon of democracy in the world.”
“What kind of democracy is this that a women who has traveled there to visit her family and is a hard-working journalist who has done nothing but reporting, is detained by them and nobody says anything,” he added.
The Iranian nuclear chief criticized silence of Western countries, particularly the European Union, in the detention case of Press TV’s anchor, saying, “When an issue is in line with their interests, Western countries raise Cain, but when such unfortunate cases happen in which the innocence and truthfulness of this lady is evident to everybody, they remain totally silent.”