International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 20 Dec 2012
: "In a news program aired on BBC Persian on Dec 18, 2012, Sadeq Saba, the director of BBC Persian, said that Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents have redoubled their harassment of employees’ families over the last two weeks, pressuring them to ask their relatives to stop working for the BBC. ... Saba said the harassment began following a screening of documentary filmmaker Maziar Bahari’s Forced Confessions, which aired on BBC in early December 2012. In the two weeks since, Intelligence Ministry agents have contacted the family members of half a dozen BBC employees in several cities throughout Iran, summoning them to the Ministry of Intelligence offices in each city, Saba reported. ... Since 2009, BBC Persian, an important news source for millions of Iranians, has emerged as an alternative source of information and analysis besides the state-run media. It covers a variety of areas, including Iran’s domestic politics and its struggle with the international community. Iranian officials repeatedly cite BBC Persian’s reporting as evidence of a foreign plot to undermine the regime."