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Greek – British Journalist Released

I. Athanasiadis(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Greek-British journalist Iason Athanasiadis was released by Iran on Sunday, according to reports by the Agence France Presse and Reuters news agencies. Athanasiadis, who works for the Washington Times, had been arrested during disturbances following the recent presidential elections in the country. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had lodged a demarche with the Iranian government for the journalist’s release. He has both Greek and British citizenship. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Statement of FM Bakoyannis regarding the liberation of the Greek journalist held in Iran More information about Iason Athanasiadis’ work, see Greek News Agenda: Against Islamophobia and Exploring the Other


Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Lodges Demarche

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced on Monday that he had lodged a demarche with the Iranian government for the release of Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis. The Patriarchate’s relations with Islamic countries are considered to be good, especially with Iran, which Bartholomew visited in 2002. Google News: News items Athanasiadis’ arrest

Greek Journalist Arrested in Iran

Athanasiadis(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis was arrested few days ago by the Iranian authorities, while covering Iran’s disputed presidential election for the Washington Times.  Greek FM spokesman confirmed the arrest and stated that the Foreign Ministry is in ongoing contact with the Iranian authorities in order to effect a positive outcome in the case. The journalist’ s parents have issued a public appeal for his release, thanking the Greek authorities for their efforts. Iason Athanasiadis is a journalist, photographer, writer and a television producer, specialised in Middle East, Central Asia and eastern Mediterranean issues. Secretariat General of Information: Global Greeks-Media-Iason Athanasiadis (Photojournalist); Greek News Agenda: Exploring the Others, Against Islamophobia