Iranian Nobel Laureate Threatened


Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, the recipient of the Nobel peace prize in 2003, says she is receiving an increasing number of death threats, the BBC reports:

They included notes pinned to the door of her office building in Tehran, warning her to “watch your tongue”.

Ms Ebadi, an outspoken critic of Iran’s leadership, said she had forwarded the threats to the chief of Iranian police. …

She has received death threats before, but in a statement on Monday, she said: “Threats against my life and security and those of my family, which began some time ago, have intensified.”

One of the anonymous, handwritten threats said: “Shirin Ebadi, your death is near.”

They warned her against making speeches abroad, and defending Iran’s minority Bahai community.

The death threats against Ebadi come almost a year after Iranian rights activists described the most “sweeping crackdown” against human rights and civil society activity in their country since the 1979 revolution, according to the Washington Post‘s Robin Wright, a crackdown that Wright reported includes “arrests, interrogations, intimidation and harassment of thousands of Iranians as well as purges of academics and new censorship codes for the media.”

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

Share your feedback: We’re planning to launch a new version of the comments section. Help us test it.