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Iranian Journalist’s interview with Netanyahu made him ‘a target for wrath’

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In the heart of London, a journalist’s life took a dark turn. A prominent Iranian journalist found himself at the center of a chilling incident involving being stabbed. Pouria Zeraati, who hosts a show on the anti-Iranian regime television network Iran International, was hospitalised with multiple stab wounds after two people assaulted him as he left his home in Wimbledon on Friday afternoon.Although the motivation for the attack was not absolutely clear, UK counter-terrorism police have already foiled around 15 plots linked to Iran, including against journalists critical of the regime in Tehran. But what led to this shocking attack?

The Interview That Stirred Controversy

Pouria Zeraati hosts a show on the television network Iran International, known for its critical stance toward Iran’s government. Recently, he sat down with none other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an interview. Their conversation touched on Iran, its people, and the ongoing revolution. Little did Zeraati know that this encounter would set off a chain of events.

The Wrath of the Internet

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After the interview, the internet erupted. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-run news website, Fars News Agency, didn’t hold back. They accused Zeraati of collaborating with the “murderer of children in Gaza.” The IRGC’s wrath was palpable. Social media buzzed with outrage, condemning the journalist’s actions.

The Shocking Attack

On a seemingly ordinary Friday afternoon, as Zeraati left his Wimbledon home, two assailants confronted him. Their motive remains unclear, but the attack left him hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. The police are investigating, and counter-terrorism units are on high alert. Iran International, along with BBC Persian, has faced threats before, but this incident stands out as the first of its kind.

A Legacy of Courage

Pouria Zeraati’s courage in conducting that fateful interview has left an indelible mark. As he recovers, we reflect on the power of journalism, the risks faced by those who seek the truth, and the unpredictable consequences of speaking out.

May Zeraati’s resilience inspire us all, and may his story serve as a reminder that even in the pursuit of truth, danger can lurk in unexpected corners.

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