updated & corrected: James Longley [is not] producing Iran elections doc

It has been interesting to note that the Iranian government-controlled PressTV later ran an article on their website (that I also used on here) to spin our detention, saying that I have been making a documentary about the Iranian elections; the article mentions that we had been detained but failed to mention any of the violence toward my translator. The article then proceeds to list a number of filming locations in Iran supposedly included in my “election documentary” — places I haven’t visited in over a year.

I am not making a documentary about the elections. I am currently banned from filming like all other foreign journalists.

Are you still shooting for your film or has that jeopardized your safety to the point where you have stopped?

My documentary film project — the one I received my visa to make — is about a junior high school in the village of Pul, in the Caspian Sea province of Mazandaran. Since the elections I have not been back to this village, and I am not sure at the moment whether I will be allowed to continue working on that project.

As far as filming current events in Iran — this has been declared illegal by the government. Also, there has been an active effort to scapegoat the foreign media and blame them for the violence and tension following the elections. I expect that this broad-brush anti-foreign media propaganda will make it quite difficult for me to work here in the future. It may be that I will have to abandon my Iranian project and work on other subjects outside Iran, where I will not be subject to such a prohibitive level of violence and censorship.

The whole interview can be found here.

And speaking for myself I would like to appologise for the error in my judgement.


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