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.

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.

Statement in response to Foreign Minister Marise Payne

Statement attributable to the Free Kylie Moore-Gilbert group
Friends and colleagues of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert welcome Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s decision to break her silence on Kylie’s incarceration in Qarchak prison in Iran.Although Foreign Minister Payne has now stated that Kylie has food and water in Qarchak prison, we remind the Australian government that this was never in doubt. The question is whether that water is clean, because bought bottled water is the only safe drinking water in Qarchak. Read the full statement.

Jailed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘does not have enough food or water’ in notorious Iranian prison

Emma Yeomans, The Times
A British-Australian academic held in an Iranian jail with an active coronavirus outbreak does not have enough food and water, sources inside the prison have warned. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge-educated academic, has been held by Tehran for nearly two years and was recently transferred to Qarchak prison, described by human rights groups as the country’s worst. There is a severe coronavirus outbreak within the jail, and a ward has been quarantined. Read more.

Calls to free academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert from Iran’s Qarchak Prison

Jack Gramenz, news.com.au
Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert boarded a flight to Iran in August 2018 to attend a conference and conduct a few research interviews. Three weeks later she was stopped from flying back to Melbourne by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard after one of the people she interviewed reported her as suspicious. Since then she’s been secretly tried and convicted of espionage and is facing a 10-year prison sentence in Iranian prisons. Read more.

Jailed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘never took risks’

Jacquelin Magnay, The Australian

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is no maverick, one of her close academic colleagues has revealed, insisting the Australian academic is battling to survive in an Iranian jail for ten years convicted of spying, only because of “hostage diplomacy’’. Melbourne-based Middle East researcher Dara Conduit has known Dr Moore-Gilbert since 2016 when both were finishing PhDs and she insists Dr Moore-Gilbert never took risks. Ms Conduit is the first friend in Twitter campaign @FreeKylieMG to reveal aspects of Dr Moore-Gilbert’s talents in a bid to keep the spotlight on her dire situation in Qarchak prison in the Iranian desert. Read more.

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert relocated to ‘world’s worst’ women’s prison in Iran

Stephen Drill, Herald Sun

It was 2am when the guards came in. Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert had been in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, on the outskirts of Tehran, for almost two years. She was on track to become the prison’s record holder for time spent in unit 2a, which is controlled by the hard line, ruthless Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp. It was a rough early morning wake-up call in late July. She was being moved, but where? And why? She still has eight years to run on her decade-long prison sentence for “spying” charges, which she strongly denies. The case, heard in secret, was conducted in Farsi. Read more.

Continuing failed quiet diplomacy route is ‘foolish’ in Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s case

Chris Kenny and Peter Greste, Sky News

Journalist Peter Greste says continuing with the ‘quiet diplomacy’ strategy to free Kylie Moore-Gilbert from an Iranian prison would be “quite foolish” given the strategy has made the situation worse. Ms Moore-Gilbert was jailed almost two years ago on charges of espionage, with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade lobbying the Iranian government to release her since using what it calls ‘quiet diplomacy’. Read more.

Concern for the safety of Australian-British dual national Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert imprisoned in Iran

Middle East Studies Association, Committee on Academic Freedom
We write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our escalating concern for the condition of Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert after her transfer from Evin prison to Qarchak, a remote desert facility which has been labelled ‘the worst prison in the world for women.’ We previously wrote to you on 19 May 2020 to protest the harsh and unlawful treatment of Dr. Moore-Gilbert and the inhumane conditions of her detention. Read more.

Australia’s ambassador to Iran visits jailed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in new prison

ABC
Australia’s ambassador to Iran has visited in prison an Australian academic convicted of espionage, saying she is “well”. Key points: Kylie Moore-Gilbert was moved to Qarchak prison last week after two years in Evin prison Lyndall Sachs, Australia’s ambassador to Iran, says Dr Moore-Gilbert has access to food, medical facilities and books Dr Moore-Gilbert’s family says the academic’s best chance at release is through diplomatic avenues Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies who was sentenced to 10 years’ jail, has already served two years in Tehran’s Evin prison since being convicted of spying — a charge she has rejected. Concerns for her wellbeing escalated last week following news she had been moved to Qarchak prison, east of Tehran. Read more.

Jailed doctor Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘an Iranian bargaining chip’

Jacquelin Magnay, The Australian
University of Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert will be washing her own underwear and protectively sitting underneath it, watching it dry, and clutching any other possession around her, maybe a blanket.Then, when she is able to sleep — squeezing a space on the overcrowded and filthy concrete floor among 2000 others — she may use her halting Persian language to find an older woman to look over her. And when she wakes, if she has been able to have a few ­uncomfortable hours asleep, it will be her turn to be a protector. Read more.