Corporation complains of ‘sustained campaign of harassment’ after assets of BBC Persian staff are frozen

The BBC’s director general has accused Iran of “unprecedented collective punishment” as the corporation pleaded with the UN over crackdowns on Iranian employees of its London-based Persian service.

Iranian authorities have imposed an asset freeze on at least 152 BBC Persian journalists and former contributors, preventing them from conducting financial transactions or selling properties in their homeland because of their affiliation with the British broadcaster.

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