Iranian TV host stabbed outside London home

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Iran International journalist Pouria ZaraatiImage source, Iran International

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Pouria Zeraati is the television host of the Last Word program on Iran International

By Thomas Mackintosh

BBC News

A presenter for a London-based Iranian TV news channel has been repeatedly stabbed outside his home in the city's south, his channel has said.

Iran International, which reported extensively in 2022 on anti-government protests in Iran, said Pouria Zeraati, 36, was attacked by a group.

The Metropolitan Police said an investigation had been launched into a stabbing in south London.

The victim was stable in hospital, the force added.

"A scene is in place and police are working to understand the circumstances," a Met spokesman said.

"Thankfully his condition is not believed to be life-threatening."

No arrests have been made, the spokesman added.

Nearly 18 months ago, Iran International became one of the main providers of news during the wave of anti-government protests in Iran.

In November 2022 two British-Iranian journalists from the channel were warned by police of a possible risk to their lives.

An armed police presence was stationed near the channel's studios, and concrete barriers were placed outside the building.

Then, in February 2023, Iran International TV temporarily shut down operations in London and moved its broadcasting studios to Washington DC.

The Persian-language TV channel said the decision was due to a "significant escalation in state-backed threats from Iran".

Operations resumed at a new location in London in last September.

According to the Met Police, since the start of 2022, 15 plots had been foiled to either kidnap or kill UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the Iranian regime.

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