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Iran's Embassy In London Denies Ambassador Is A Menace To Journalists

Hamid Baeidinejad, Iranian ambassador in London-- Aug 2019
Hamid Baeidinejad, Iranian ambassador in London-- Aug 2019

In an official tweet on Monday December 2, the Islamic Republic's embassy in the U.K. denied that Tehran's ambassador to London has ever been a menace to any journalist.

Earlier on Tuesday November 26, the Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF) had described Tehran's top diplomat in London, Hamid Baeidinejad as the "ambassador of threat."

In a statement released on its official website, RSF had deplored Baeidinejad for his role in relaying the threats of Iranian intelligence organs against Iranian journalists based abroad, especially in Britain and against their families in Iran.

"Ever since Hamid Baeidinejad---took over as the Islamic Republic's ambassador in London, he has been threatening these media and journalists on Twitter," the statement said.

“Accusing journalists of being the "agents and mercenaries of foreign services, paid by the country's enemies and acting against the national interest," the statement said.

Referring to the RSF statement, Tehran's embassy in London twitted, "The allegations against the ambassador of Iran to the U.K. issued by the Reporters Without Borders, and carried by some Western media, are categorically false and rejected. Ambassador Baeidinejad has never threatened anyone, let alone any journalist."

Furthermore, the embassy accused foreign-based Iranian journalists of being "activists who are attempting to weaken their motherland and her political establishment." It claimed the journalists left Iran on their free will.

Under the pressure of the Islamic Republic's plethora of Intelligence entities, and after serving terms behind bars, many Iranian journalists have had no option other than leaving their homeland in the past decade.

Nonetheless, the pressure has not been limited to only journalists, and recently extended to their families and relatives living in Iran.

They have also been forced to place pressure on their loved ones abroad to stop working for news outlets based overseas.