Dozens of protesters, including family members and friends of arrested Press TV journalist Marzieh Hashemi, gathered in front of the US district court in Washington DC, on Wednesday, to slam her detention and treatment in custody and call for her immediate release.
Hashemi, an American-born and anchor for Iranian state-funded Press TV, was arrested at St. Louis airport on Sunday, as she was preparing to board a flight to Denver. The journalist was reportedly working on a documentary regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Essentially what the government is doing is holding her without charges. This is very troubling, this is a tactic that they used really heavily after 9/11 and it targets our communities, it targets the Arab community, Muslim community, communities of color and this is intended again to intimidate individuals,” said Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
The journalist is expected to be released from a Washington DC detention facility after she testifies before “a grand jury investigating violations of US criminal law,” according to a court document released last Friday.