A PressTV #journalist
has been mysteriously detained for over 48 hours by the #FBI
after she was apprehended at #St
._Louis_Lambert_International_Airport while traveling to visit family, the network has learned.
Born as #Melanie_Franklin
, Louisiana, she converted to Islam changing her name to #Marzieh_Hashemi
Hashemi describes herself online as having studied journalism at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She converted to Islam in 1982 at age 22 after meeting Iranian activist students in Denver.
The journalist moved to Iran in 2008 but has made several trips back to the #US
over the years, she would at times be questioned upon arrival but had never been detained before. This time, she was on a trip to visit her ill brother and other relatives when she was detained, #PressTV
said. Hashemi’s relatives reportedly lost contact with her for 48 hours and only recently learned that she was being held by the US authorities.
Marzieh Hashemi, who worked for the network’s English-language service, was detained in St. Louis, where she had filmed a #BlackLivesMatter
documentary after visiting relatives in the New Orleans area. She was then taken to #Washington
, according to her elder son, Hossein Hashemi.
The journalist claimed that her hijab “had been removed against her will” during custody, and that US officials denied her access to #halal
food for several days, leaving her with only pretzels and bread.
No matter the reason for Marzieh Hashemi’s detention, she should have been granted a court appearance by now, says Bascuas, a professor at the University of Miami School of #Law
She apparently was unable to call her daughter until Tuesday night. The family is trying to hire an attorney, but it has been difficult because she has not been charged with a crime, her son said.
It has been previously reported that #United_states
is one of the world's five deadliest countries for journalists were they are killed in cold blood, even though this country is not at war or in conflict.
#injustice #khashoggi #us_senate #un #united
nation #oppressed #blacklivesmatter #freemarziehhashemi