Human Rights Violator: Hamid Reza Emadi

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First Name and Last Name:

Hamid Reza Emadi

Background:

No detail is available about the year and location of his birth as well as his educational background.

 Titles and Positions Held:

Newsroom director of Press TV

Witness Accounts of Alleged Violations and Crimes:

As the Press TV newsroom director, he is responsible in both his personal and legal capacities for producing and broadcasting the forced confessions of different groups of detainees such as journalists, political activists, Kurd and Arab minorities, etc. These constitute a clear violation of international provisions on the rights to a fair trial and due process.

According to the testimony of Maziar Bahari, Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker, Hamid Reza Emadi was the Press TV journalist who interviewed him in Evin prison during his arrest after the 2009 presidential elections.  Maziar Bahari has also confirmed that during the interview, Emadi and the interrogator (hiding behind a curtain, so that Bahari could not see him) exchanged their opinions about the questions and his answers to ensure that all points in the forced false confession, as written the night before, were covered.

Ofcom has fined Press TV £100,000 for broadcasting this interview. The interview was filmed in prison, under extreme duress and without Maziar Bahari’s consent. Nor were the circumstances in which the interview was conducted made clear to viewers. In July 2011, Ofcom judged Press TV’s conduct to be “serious and deliberate” breaches of its code, describing the broadcast as an “unwarranted infringement of Mr Bahari’s privacy”. The regulator observed that Press TV had failed to obtain Maziar Bahari’s consent “while he was in a sensitive situation and vulnerable state.”

The “Cut! Take Press TV Off the Air” report shows Press TV’s practice of airing interviews, which, as several political prisoners assert, are “confessions extracted under torture,” and are broadcast without the detainees’ consent. Citing interviews with former political prisoners, the report paints a grim picture of how prisoners are compelled to “confess” and instructed on what they are expected to say.

Press TV had shown at least 18 confessions of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience during the years 2009 to 2013. According to the research of Justice for Iran, these confessions were obtained under pressure, through harassment or torture. Press TV broadcast the confessions without the consent of the detainees.

Press TV showed  forced confessions of detainees like Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian correspondent of Newsweek magazine and Channel 4 television station in Tehran, Kurdish political prisoners Loqman and Zanyar Moradi, Arab political prisoners Ahmad Debat and Sajjad Beyt Abdollah. Other confessions included Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman prisoner sentenced to stoning, human rights attorney Houtan Kian, Kurdish political prisoner Jamal Qazaqi, journalists Marziyeh Rasuli, Parasto Dokuhaki and Saham Burqani. Hadi Rashedi, a school principal in Ramshir town and founder of an NGO focused on the development of Arabic language and culture has also confessed on camera, as well asHashem Shabani, a high school teacher and founder of an NGO for the development of Arabic language and culture. Other confessions were forced from Arab political activist Taha Haydaryan, employee of the nuclear facility in Arak Samako Khalaqati, and Arab political prisoners Ali Tschabishat, Sayyid Khalid Musavi and Salman Tschayani.

Press TV has also shown the relatives of Ali Tshabishat, Sayyid Khalid Musavi and Salman Tschayani. They spoke on camera of Press TV in exchange for a promise to meet their loved ones. This footage was later broadcast without their consent.

Sources:

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/enforcement/broadcast-licence-conditions/press-tv-revoked

http://justiceforiran.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CutTakePressTVofftheAir-English.pdf

http://justiceforiran.org/uncategorized/ashton-arab/?lang=en

–          Witness testimony of Maziar Bahari, was provided to Justice For Iran, September 2012

–          Witness testimonies of three Kurdish minority political prisoners, were provided to Justice For Iran

–          Witness testimonies of the family member of the two Arab minority political prisoners, were provided to Justice For Iran