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 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,
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

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.

Hope in hell: I am not a spy

Matthew Condon, The Australian
In late August 2018, scholars from around the world descended on the Iranian city of Qom for a special learning experience – the 7th Intensive Course on Shi’a Islamic Studies. The event was staged by the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom, 140km south of Iran’s capital, Tehran. It is a city of both scholarship and pilgrimage, a holy place in Shi’a Islam and home to the Fatimah bint Musa shrine, visited annually by 20 million pilgrims. Read more.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert granted meeting with Australian ambassador to Iran

Saba Vasefi and Ben Doherty, The Guardian
The imprisoned British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is set to be granted a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to Iran as soon as Sunday.Following reports in the Guardian that Dr Moore-Gilbert was seriously unwell in Qarchak prison and had been removed from quarantine because she was attempting to write to the ambassador for help, the state-run Mizan news agency reported she was in “perfect health”. Read more.

Colleagues, MPs call for public campaign to free Australian academic

Anthony Galloway, The Age
Friends and colleagues of an Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in Iran have questioned Australia’s handling of the case after she was moved to a notorious prison in the desert. Federal MPs from both major parties have joined calls for the Australian government to change its approach to Kylie-Moore Gilbert’s imprisonment, calling for more public pressure on Iran. Read more.

I kept silent to protect my colleague and friend, Kylie Moore-Gilbert. But Australia’s quiet diplomatic approach is not working

Dr Jessie Moritz, The Conversation
Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Middle East expert from the University of Melbourne, has now been held by the Iranian government for almost two years. She was arrested in September 2018 and then convicted of spying and sentenced to ten years’ jail. She has denied all allegations against her, and the Australian government rejects the charges as baseless and politically motivated. Read more.

Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert transferred to notorious Iran jail

Anthony Galloway, The Age
An Australian university lecturer serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in Iran has been transferred to a notorious remote prison in the desert, the Australian government has confirmed.Cambridge-educated Kylie Moore-Gilbert had been held in Evin Prison in the capital, Tehran, for nearly two years but she was suddenly moved about three days ago to Qarchak women’s prison. Read here.

Dual Australian-British academic serving 10 years for spying is ‘severely beaten and drugged for forming a protest choir’ in her hellish Iranian jail

Jackson Barron, Daily Mail Australia
A British-Australian academic serving a ten-year sentence for espionage has been beaten and drugged for forming a choir in her Iranian jail, sources claim. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was left with wounds to her hands and arms and severe bruising all over her body after being attacked by guards. She was beaten in retaliation for sending messages to new inmates, and for starting a prison choir which sang and hummed as a form of protest, sources close to her family told The Times. Read more.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: jailed Briton beaten for forming Iran prison choir

Emma Yeomans and Lucy Fisher, The Times
A Cambridge-educated academic imprisoned in Iran was drugged and beaten after forming a protest choir with fellow inmates, it has been claimed. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who became a figurehead of resistance for prisoners in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, was allegedly assaulted by guards determined to keep her “compliant”. Read here.