Iranian TV reporter attacked repeatedly outside his London residence.

Police are looking into the incident for possible terrorism involvement.

March 30th 2024.

Iranian TV reporter attacked repeatedly outside his London residence.
On a quiet Friday afternoon, Iranian journalist Pouria Zeraati was attacked outside his London home. The incident, which involved multiple stab wounds, has sparked an investigation by counter-terrorism police. According to Iran International, Zeraati is currently in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

The attack took place in Wimbledon, a suburb in south London, at around 2:49 PM. Police and paramedics were quick to respond to the scene, where they found the victim, a man in his 30s, with a leg injury. Fortunately, his condition is not life-threatening and the police have not made any arrests at this time.

In their statement, the Metropolitan Police revealed that they are working closely with Zeraati's employer, Iran International, and that the investigation is being led by specialist counter-terrorism officers. Commander Dominic Murphy, Head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, emphasized the importance of keeping an open mind while investigating the motive behind the attack. He also acknowledged the recent threats towards UK-based Iranian journalists and the potential connection to Zeraati's occupation.

While the investigation is ongoing, the police are urging anyone with information to come forward. They also assure the public that they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of those affected, including additional patrols in the Wimbledon area.

This is not the first time that Iranian journalists in the UK have been targeted. In fact, since 2022, several plots to harm or even kill British or UK-based individuals who are critical of the Iranian regime have been thwarted by the police. This latest incident only adds to the growing concern among journalists and the wider community.

The attack on Zeraati has prompted a swift response from various organizations and individuals. The NUJ (National Union of Journalists) has condemned the attack and expressed their support for the victim and his colleagues at Iran International. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ's general secretary, called it a "cowardly" and "deeply shocking" act. She also raised concerns about the safety of journalists working for Iran International and the BBC Persian Service.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron has also spoken out against Iran's repeated attacks on journalists. He condemned the reported conviction of BBC Persian journalists and called it "unacceptable" behavior. Cameron also mentioned a previous incident where Iran paid individuals to harm Iranian journalists working for UK-based TV channels. He, along with the NUJ, believes that the international community needs to hold Iran accountable for their actions.

In the end, the most important thing is Zeraati's recovery. The journalist survived the attack and is currently in stable condition. The NUJ and other organizations continue to monitor the situation and provide support to those affected. As the investigation unfolds, we can only hope for justice and an end to the targeting of journalists for simply doing their job.

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