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.

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.

UK dual national beaten, drugged in Iranian prison

Arab News
A British-Australian national imprisoned in Iran has reportedly suffered beatings and been drugged by guards. Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an expert in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and who was educated at Cambridge University, has been incarcerated at Evin Prison, north of Tehran, since she was arrested on charges of espionage after attending a conference in Iran in 2018. Read here.

The Wrap: Peter Greste and Dr Nikki Stamp talk press freedom, fact checking and the case of Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Patricia Karvelas, ABC Radio National
Renowned journalist and author Peter Greste joins cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp to discuss some of the week’s biggest stories with Patricia Karvelas on RN Drive. Guests: Peter Greste, Journalist and Author, UNESCO Chair in Journalism with School of Communication at the University of Queensland, Dr Nikki Stamp, Cardiothoracic surgeon, Author. Listen here.

Friends and former colleagues of Kylie Moore-Gilbert call on Government to put more pressure on Iran

Hamish MacDonald, ABC Radio National Breakfast
Friends and former colleagues of Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert are breaking their silence today, to call on the Australian Government to exert more pressure on the Iranian regime, saying the ‘softly softly’ approach taken so far has not worked. The jailed academic should be celebrating her 33rd birthday today. Instead she’s spending her second in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where she’s been held for more than 600 days on spying allegations. Read more.

Concern regarding the well-being of Australian-British dual national Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert imprisoned in Iran

Middle East Studies Association
Your Excellencies, We write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our grave concern over the harsh and unlawful treatment of Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who is currently serving a ten-year sentence at Evin prison on charges of alleged espionage. We are particularly concerned about Dr. Moore-Gilbert’s well-being since she has been subjected to extremely restrictive conditions for much of her detention, with months spent in solitary confinement. Read more.

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in ‘good health’ in Iran prison

An Australian university lecturer jailed in Tehran, Iran’s capital, is in “good health”, her family says, contradicting claims she had tried to end her own life. Kylie Moore-Gilbert had reportedly attempted suicide multiple times after being left in unbearable conditions in Evin prison. Her family released a statement on Sunday saying they had had a number of conversations with her in recent weeks. Read more.