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 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 freekylie.net 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.

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.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s family are hopeful of her release as she continues to exercise in jail

Stephen Drill, Herald Sun
Determined Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been staying fit in jail in Iran, as her family say they were “far from losing hope” despite the “unimaginable pain” they have endured. University of Melbourne Islamic studies expert Kylie Moore-Gilbert will mark two years in jail on Sunday. News Corp Australia can reveal that she has been exercising inside Qarchak prison, described as the world’s worst female jail. A source inside the violent prison said she has been jogging in the exercise yard in prison issued plastic bathroom slippers. Read more.

Statement from freekylie.net on the second anniversary of Kylie’s detention, and the #WeRunWithKylie campaign

This Sunday (September 13) marks two years since Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert was wrongfully detained in Iran. On that day, Kylie’s friends in her hometown of Bathurst will be running in support of their former schoolmate, neighbour and friend. The FreeKylieMG group invites Australians and supporters of Kylie around the world to virtually join Kylie and her friends on a run, and to share photos of themselves running or walking on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #WeRunWithKylie. Read the full statement here.

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s family and colleagues plead for her release after two years in Iranian prison

Tracey Shelton, ABC
Family and colleagues of Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert have renewed pleas for her release from an Iranian prison as they mark the “very bleak anniversary” of her incarceration two years ago. Dr Moore-Gilbert, who worked as a lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Melbourne, was arrested in September 2018 at Tehran airport as she was leaving Iran after attending an academic conference. She was subsequently tried and sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage, charges rejected by Australia as baseless. Read more.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s every step being followed inside prison in Iran

Ben Doherty, The Guardian
Kylie Moore-Gilbert has enough money to buy food and water inside Iran’s notorious Qarchak prison, but is closely surveilled everywhere she goes, sources inside the jail say.Fellow prisoners report that the British Australian academic appears to have so far escaped infection in the wave of Covid-19 sweeping through the prison, but that her communications with the outside world are strictly proscribed, according to Roya Boroumand, executive director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (ABC) for Human Rights in Iran. Read more.

MP Josh Burns raises Kylie’s plight in the Australian Parliament

Josh Burns, Member for Macnamara
Today marks 719 days since Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, and Australian academic who lived in my electorate, was imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. Dr Moore-Gilbert and the Australian charges reject these charges. She was attending a conference in Tehran in September 2018 when she was arrested at the airport as she was about to leave the country. Listen to the speech here or watch the video here.

Today marks 717 days that Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been imprisoned in Iran

Sarah Abo, Nine
Her name is Kylie Moore-Gilbert. Today marks 717 days that she’s been imprisoned in Iran on trumped-up charges of espionage.As you sit there reading these words, the 33-year-old is on the other side of the world, likely sitting on the concrete floor of a squalid cell on the desert outskirts of Tehran.No one knows very much else about Kylie’s plight at the moment. She was last visited by Australia’s ambassador in Iran about a month ago, who reported she was “well” — a seemingly relative concept. Read here.

Young academic accused of spying imprisoned in Iran for over 700 days

Sarah Abo, 60 Minutes Australia
If you have a free moment, spare a thought for Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert. Her situation is grim. She’s about to start her third year as a prisoner in Iran and is being held in an unimaginably squalid, coronavirus-infested jail outside the capital, Tehran. Her crime, according to the Iranian regime, is that she’s a spy. Dr Moore-Gilbert emphatically denies the accusation, but her appeals have all been ignored or rejected. As Sarah Abo reports, it means her only hope now is for the Australian government to come to her rescue. Watch the episode here.