Kylie's case in the News

Kylie’s case has attracted significant media attention. A selection of news stories, interviews, blog posts and open letters are listed below.

Australian ambassador to visit Kylie Moore-Gilbert after transfer to squalid Iran prison

Lin Evlin, SBS
An Australian academic jailed in a dangerous Iran prison on accusations of espionage has been granted a consular visit after reports surfaced of her deteriorating health. Australian diplomatic officials will soon visit academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, as her friends and supporters launch a public campaign to get her freed. Read more.

Statement from Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

To my dear friends and supporters:

I honestly do not know where to start or how I can ever thank you for all of your incredible efforts to campaign for my release. I am totally blown away by everything you have done for me, I honestly have no words to express the depth of my gratitude and how touched I am. I can’t tell you how heartening it was to hear that my friends and colleagues were speaking up and hadn’t forgotten me, it gave me so much hope and strength to endure what had seemed like a never-ending, unrelenting nightmare. My freedom truly is your victory. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!


PDF here.

It was repulsive: Iran took our friend Kylie hostage then used her as bargaining chip

Scott Patton, The Age
Over the past 2½ years we’ve sorely missed sharing a coffee with Kylie Moore-Gilbert, or even visiting her office at Melbourne University to discuss matters as mundane as her new rug. The 804 days she was held captive by the Iranian regime – a pawn in its hostage diplomacy – motivated her colleagues here and at other universities to mount a behind-the-scenes campaign in the hope it could lead to her release. Read more.

Meet the women fighting for Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s release

Felicity Robinson, Primer
Middle East researcher Dr Jessie Moritz remembers every detail of the moment she heard her friend Kylie had been arrested. “I was meeting a mutual friend of ours for a coffee in central Melbourne and I’d suggested he should invite Kylie, too,” she says. “I got to the Starbucks, and he looked at me and said, ‘You don’t know, do you…’” Read more.

‘Back to square one’: Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert moved to Tehran’s Evin prison

Maani Tru, SBS

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is believed to have been moved back to Tehran’s Evin prison, days after she was moved from another Iranian jail to an unknown location. The University of Melbourne lecturer was imprisoned at the notorious Qarchak Prison up until last week when a group of supporters lobbying for her release said she had been removed. Read more.

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert found in Iran prison after disappearance

Anton Nilsson,
An Australian-British academic who is serving a prison sentence in Iran has been located after mysteriously going missing. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was recently moved from Iran’s notorious Qarchak prison to an unknown location. Her worried friends and colleagues are now relieved that she has been found. Read more.


Australia’s Kylie Moore-Gilbert returned to Iran’s Evin prison

An Australian academic held in Iran for more than two years has been returned to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, her friends said on Friday, prompting fresh concern about her wellbeing. Kylie Moore-Gilbert – who is serving a 10-year jail sentence on charges of espionage – had disappeared inside Iran’s prison system a week ago, sparking frantic efforts to learn her whereabouts. Read more.


Statement from on Kylie’s return to Evin prison

Statement on Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s return to Evin prison, attributable to the FreeKylieMG group
30 October 2020
After a stressful six days, we’re relieved that the Australian government has finally managed to locate our friend Kylie Moore-Gilbert in Evin prison. But make no mistake: this is not a victory, nor does it suggest that progress is being made in Kylie’s case. Read the full statement here.

Iran moves detained academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert back to Tehran prison

Saba Vasefi , Michael Safi , Ben Doherty and Akhtar Mohammad Makoii, The Guardian.
The detained British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been moved back to Tehran’s Evin prison, sources with knowledge of her case have confirmed to the Guardian. Moore-Gilbert is understood to be back in the secretive ward 2A of Tehran’s largest prison, where she had spent much of the past two years under the control of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Read more.


Australian Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert reportedly moved from Iranian prison to unknown location

Maani Truu, SBS News
Friends and colleagues of imprisoned Australian citizen Kylie Moore-Gilbert say they fear the worst after the academic was reportedly moved from a notorious Iranian prison to an unknown location. A group of supporters lobbying for Dr Moore-Gilbert’s release say they have independently confirmed she has been moved from Qarchak women’s prison after being informed of the move about 36 hours ago. Read more.

Government looking into reports Australian academic has been moved from Iranian prison

Anthony Galloway, The Age
Australian officials are looking into reports a Melbourne university lecturer jailed in Iran has been moved to a secret location, with Iranian officials yet to tell their Australian counterparts. Cambridge-educated Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been held in prison for more than two years after being detained in September 2018. She was sentenced to 10 years’ prison in a secret trial on espionage charges, which are rejected by the Australian government. Read more.

Questions around Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s whereabouts

Stephanie Borys and Jessie Moritz
ABC AM radio program
Friends of Kylie Moore Gilbert are calling for clarification of her whereabouts, after information emerged she’d been moved from Iran’s Qarchak prison. The Australian academic is serving a ten year sentence for espionage and reports from Iran say she was taken somewhere else in recent days. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade won’t say where she is but insist Australia’s Ambassador in Tehran has regular consular access to Dr Moore-Gilbert. Listen here.

Statement from following reports that Kylie has been moved to an unknown location

Statement attributable to the FreeKylieMG group
26 October 2020
We are deeply concerned about the welfare of our dear friend and colleague Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, and the Australian government’s increasingly empty assurances that her case is their highest priority. 36 hours after reports emerged that Kylie was transferred from Qarchak prison to an unknown location, Foreign Minister Marise Payne has acknowledged that the Australian government is ‘seeking further information.’ Read more.