Tehran: American-born journalist Marziyeh Hashemi was arrested in the United States while working for Iran’s English-language state television. Iran on Wednesday called for her immediate release, accusing Washington of mistreating her in jail as a Black Muslim woman.
Marziyeh Hashemi a TV anchor and documentary filmmaker was arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and was being held in Washington.
Hashemi’s former name was Melanie Franklin; she changed her name after reverting to Islam.
Reuters with reference to Press TV reported that Marziyeh had been prevented from wearing a hijab in prison and was only offered pork as a meal, which is prohibited in Islam.
Iran has condemned the illegal arrest of Marziyeh Hashemi and the inhuman treatment of her in jail in Washington.
Hashemi’s husband was said to be Iranian so she had been granted Iranian citizenship. Hashemi travelled to the United States to visit her family members, including her brother, who is suffering from cancer.
Hashemi reported on the subject of discrimination against women, Muslims, and African-Americans in the United States.