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.

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.

‘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.

Podcast: The Free Kylie Campaign – Where to from here?

Rachel Mason-Nunn, Marika Sosnowski and Dara Conduit, Good Will Hunters podcast
Welcome to Episode 101 of Good Will Hunters. Today we’re talking about Kylie Moore-Gilbert. Kylie is an Australian academic currently imprisoned in Iran. In this episode I speak to two of Kylie’s friends and colleagues, Dara and Marika, about Kylie. We discuss her arrest, her transfer to Quarchuck prison after two years of solitary confinement, and the quiet diplomacy versus the more public diplomacy that their campaign to Free Kylie has grappled with. Listen here.


Before Kylie Moore-Gilbert was jailed in Iran, she was an artist, a scholar and a ‘remarkable’ rising star

Maani Tru, SBS News
Intelligent, studious, humble, and unable to sit still. Friends have described Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert as a rising star of academia before she was unexpectedly thrown in an Iranian prison. Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert doesn’t like sitting still. After returning to the University of Melbourne as a lecturer following the completion of her PhD in 2017, one of the first things on her to-do list was to get a standing desk for her new office. Read more.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s friends won’t give up hope as vigil marks two years since her arrest in Iran

Maani Truu, SBS
Friends and colleagues of Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert have held a vigil in Sydney to mark the two-year anniversary of her detention. The Islamic studies scholar was arrested at Tehran airport on 13 September, 2018, after speaking at a conference in Qom. She was later charged with espionage offences and in July was moved to the notorious Qarchak prison, known as one of the worst women’s prisons in the world and believed to be the site of extrajudicial killings. Read more.

Hundreds join #WeRunForKylie event to mark the second anniversary of Kylie’s detention

On the second anniversary of Kylie’s detention on September 13 2020, Kylie’s supporters from around the world came together to run in solidarity with our dear friend and colleague. Kylie’s friends, neighbours and former teachers ran with her in Bathurst, while hundreds of photos were sent through to us from around the world throughout the day, including from across Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Qatar, Mexico and Peru!  Read about the event here.

Free Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Bathurst friends, family to run in support

The Western Advocate

Friends of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert take to social media to support imprisoned academic

Jo Abi, Nine Honey

Today Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s friends, colleagues and neighbours have gathered to mark two years since the Australian academic was imprisoned in Iran after being tried and convicted for allegedly spying. In September 2018 Dr Moore-Gilbert was arrested by the intelligence arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at Tehran airport after attending a summer school program. She was tried, sentenced and convicted of espionage in a secret trial. Read more.