Head of Press TV London Detained By MI5 British Intelligence

21st Century Wire

The London bureau head of Iranian global news network Press TV was detained by British MI5 agents on Sunday.


According to Press TV, Mehdi Mirtaleb (photo, above), the Iranian owner of a London-based television production company was taken into custody over the weekend. Judging by the lack of any information or additional media coverage of the incident, it is unknown whether or not he is still in custody.                 

It is not known what the exact reason for his apprehension is. According the Press TV’s own website news release, British security services moved in following a complaint and possible charges pressed by a UK-based Iranian foreign national and women’s rights activist, Shadi Sadr (photo, left), aged 40, whose own controversial remarks were the subject Press TV commentators’ backlash. Apparently, Sadr has cited comments made in a February 27th article published on Press TV’s website.

Sadr’s statement that the resource-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan should secede from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and “damn Iran” met with fury from a number of Iranian commentators, including accusations that Sadr was ‘a traitor’.

In 2010, Sadr was presented an award by the US Department of State in Washington DC as their ’2010 Woman of Courage’.

In response to the move by the British intelligence service, Press TV has accused Sadr of working as a British agent, stating that Mirtaleb was arrested “over allegations made by a British secret service agent”.


BRITISH INTEL: MI5 Headquarter in London.

It’s important to point out here that detained owner Mirtaleb doesn’t appear to have any real involvement in the writing or publication of the article in question.

Press TV stated on Sunday:

“In the article, Press TV had pointed to Sadr’s provocative remarks on her Facebook page that read: “Living next to the Karun (river) and the Shatt al-Arab (Arvand) waterway with the country’s oil underneath your feet…Will you not wish to separate from this ‘damn’ Iran.”

The post was widely condemned by the global Iranian community.

“Damn Iran? Is this something written by a neutral person? Is this post meant to support the people of Khuzestan or to please Mrs. Sadr’s new masters?” wrote Shahrzad Bagheri. Her comment was followed by many other comments against Sadr’s anti-Iran remarks.

“You have insulted our dear Iran, Mrs. Sadr! And you have tried to label your opponents as racist! These will not help the people of Khuzestan, nor will they prove anything,” said Mehrdad Bozorg in another comment,

“Right now there are bodies of many Iranian martyrs (of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war) still lying at the bottom of Arvand and this mole is calling the waterway Shatt al-Arab! Saddam Hussein (the hanged Iraqi dictator) must be proud of her,” wrote Arya.

Press TV also interviewed its Newsroom Director Hamid Reza Emadi, who slammed Sadr’s separatist provocations as a “step in the wrong direction that needs to be refuted by every patriotic Iranian.” 

“This person (Sadr) is clearly a tool…She must be on the MI6 payroll, otherwise no Iranian in her sound mind would dare to insult her motherland so shamelessly,” he said.

“It is sad to say that Shadi Sadr is a traitor. And, traitors have always been on the wrong side of history,” Emadi added.”

It’s also unknown what section of British law Press TV head Mirtaleb is being held under, but if the government has invoked a section of the Terrorism Act, then the Protection of Freedoms Act of 2012 permanently reduced a pre-charge detention period to a maximum of 14 days.

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  • Ezra Pound

    The British government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of world Jewry, nothing more. The Jew says “Jump” and British authorities say, “how high, master?”

    • Jason Vega

      yup. that’s why there is a stone of a Hebrew patriarch, the stone of Jacob, under the English crown chair.

      • John Cook

        You got a link Jason?

        • Mark Page

          He’s referring to the ‘Stone of Scone’, which has many stories associated with it’s origins, including one about it being the stone Jacob used as a pillow in Genesis; i.e. Zionist/Freemasonry goobledygook.

          • John Cook

            Thanks Mark. Synchronicity gave me more information about this only a couple of hours after I posted that request. (I love magic…).
            I find details like this fascinating.

    • Rogoraeck

      He got arrested, because he has highjacked the Malaysian Arliner!

  • Ken5745

    Where are the free speech and press freedom narratives now?

  • Defiant

    Hmmmm…problems coming out of Iran…I don’t believe it. No freaking way…

    • ajaxJohnson

      It’s Britain where the problems are coming from.

  • ajaxJohnson

    So much for Free Speech and Press in Britain.
    I wonder if the US State Dept will also give MR. Snowden a Medal for also being a whistleblower

  • unblocktheplanet

    I can’t see that Ms. Mirtaleb’s comment was “anti-Iran”. She works for an official Iranian news agency which, along with Russia Today and The Guardian presents much of the unbiased news available to the world public. Nevertheless, she has a right to her PRIVATE opinions as expressed on her FACEBOOK page. Censorship is futile in the Internet age. And everyone’s OPINION must be respected! Get over nationalism already…and grow a skin!

    • Predrag J. Maranovic

      It wasn’t a “she” ie. ‘Ms Mirtleb’ – it was Ms Shadi Sadr. You might want to read the article again…
      Mehdi Mirtaleb is a man, and he was arrested but made no comments in press before arrest.
      Don’t confuse yourself.

      • unblocktheplanet

        Thanks for your correction. It’s difficult to determine the gender of names for cultures with which one is unfamiliar.
        Nonetheless, she or he, the message is the same!

  • solar toad

    I’d go further and say Press TV is likely a controlled opposition and a gatekeeping group which keeps an eye out for dissidents that may actually organize against the system.

    Have you noticed how almost 13 years later, after 9/11, and there is very little organization going on against the system?

    Why is the tendency in humanity always towards totalitarianism or derivatives thereof?

  • Billy the worm

    Press t.v is propaganda for terrorists…..f them

  • Defiant

    Press TV is the biggest anti-American, anti-Western MOUTHPIECE for Iran besides Ahmadinejad! How can an organization BEHOLDEN to their government say they are reporting “NEWS”!?

  • Archie1954

    Since when does replying to a political statement also known as free speech, result in arrest and incarceration? Is this truly what has become of a nation that used to be the bulwark of freedom, that fought the fascists and won? How depressing!