This column focuses on the ongoing Iranian detainment of UK citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and examines public interest in the story amidst the suggestion in March 2020 that she might have been temporarily released, unpicking misconceptions about what that might mean. The column encourages the readership not to forget Nazanin’s plight, or the role Prime Minister Boris Johnson has played in failing to act to secure her release from Iranian detainment.
The column compares public interest at the time of this event (March 2020) to another recent story, that of Shamina Begum, and asks why the plight of one UK citizen is of less interest than punitive steps towards another.
The column is a call to keep up pressure on the UK Government to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and support her family members as they maintain hope for her safe return.
The column was widely read by regional readership, and shared by a number of MPs and MSPS.