The head of the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) World Service, Peyman Jebeli, called on the US to release detained journalist Marzieh Hashemi during a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.
Jebeli stated that Iran is calling for the “immediate and unconditional release” of Hashemi, who was reportedly taken into custody upon landing at St. Louis Lambert international airport.
“Last night, Tehran time, when she called her children, she said that she has been subjected to violent, illegal and inhumane treatment in prison,” he stated.
He said that the US government must apologise for their “inhumane behaviour” towards Marzieh Hashemi.
According to Jebeli, Hashemi was forced to take off her hijab and was offered pork in the meals she was given. After Hashemi refused to eat pork, she was “only given just a little bread and biscuits.”
Hashemi, who works for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has reportedly been imprisoned for unspecified reasons.
The American-born journalist and television presenter, who had been traveling within the United States to visit her ill brother and other relatives, was reportedly detained at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday, and later transferred by the FBI to the detention facility.
Relatives had reportedly been unable to contact her for over 48 hours, and only recently learned about her detention.