Non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders stated that dozens of Iranian journalists became under pressure of authority in the form of questionings, threats, searches and coercion to close their accounts on the social networks after Ukrainian plane was downed near Teheran last month as Radio Liberty reported.
According to the organization, on February 6, at least 21 journalists in Iran were summoned and questioned by the intelligence officers who work for elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or Intelligence Ministry.
It is reported that the workers of the Iranian intelligence after the crash of PS752 searched the houses and offices of many journalists, confiscated the PCs, mobile phones, books, documents and copies.
The human right defenders stated that such attention of the law enforcers was raised by the fact that the journalists dared to express disagreement to pass ‘state lie’ about tragedy off as the truth.
Reporters about borders points at the fact that any journalist was arrested but some of media workers were warned by the employers about the necessity to be careful in statements; some journalists were forced to close their accounts in Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or stop any publications on these platforms.
The organization states that the press in Iran publishes only information, which confirms the position of the authority and does not publish any interview with the relatives of the victims of the crash.
Meanwhile, 80 Iranian journalists stood with joint statement, expressing the regret that they helped to spread ‘state lie’ about Ukrainian plane.
“All newspapers, in consultation with state radio and TV, with absence of any independent investigation, repeated this big lie and then suffered grievance and neglect when the truth was revealed,” they stated.
January 8, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 passengers aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport.
11 citizens of Ukraine died in the crash of Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines (PS 752 flight). President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky reported that the passenger plane crash in the Iranian capital left no survivors.
On January 19, the bodies of the Ukrainians, who died in a plane crash in Iran, were delivered to Ukraine. The farewell ceremony took place at Boryspil Airport from 13.00 to 19.00.