Iran summons UK envoy over social media post calling to release detained journalists

Iran’s foreign ministry summons Britain’s envoy to Tehran to protest his posts on social media calling for the government to release all people “arbitrarily detained” in Iran, including journalists, the state-run news agency reports.

The IRNA news agency says British Ambassador Simon Shercliff was summoned for what the ministry described as “interfering remarks” on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

The posting came as Iran marked Journalists Day, commemorating the death of Mohammad Saremi, an Iranian journalist who worked for IRNA, and eight other Iranians killed by the Taliban on Aug. 8, 1998 in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan.

Shercliff noted the commemoration and said: “We pay tribute to all journalists prevented from doing their jobs and facing threats to their safety.” He added: “We reiterate our call for Iran to release all arbitrarily detained individuals, including journalists.”

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