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.

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.

Dr Jessie Moritz interviewed by ABC News Breakfast

Dr Jessie Moritz was interviewed by ABC News Breakfast on the second anniversary of Kylie’s incarceration and the Run For Kylie campaign. She told them: “We’re friends of Kylie and we’re only interested in her safety. She’s being used as a pawn. We want to remind the Australian and Iranian government that there is a really lovely person at the heart of this case.” More here.

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 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.