Media Advisory: New Landmark Canadian Study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Among Iranian Journalists: Expert Discussion this Thursday

TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Arrests, torture, intimidation and threats are a part of everyday life for many journalists working in Iran. And this persecution has deep psychological effects: Iranian journalists suffer high levels of trauma, depression and PTSD because of their work, according to new Canadian research.

A new Canadian report, Iranian Journalists: A Study of Their Psychological Wellbeing, commissioned by Journalism Is Not A Crime and written by Dr. Anthony Feinstein of the University of Toronto, found that Iranian journalists suffer extreme levels of trauma because of their work. Of those surveyed, approximately 60% were arrested, 20% tortured, and 10% assaulted.

Join front-line experts as they discuss findings from this new Canadian report evaluating PTSD among Iranian journalists:

  • Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio One's The Current.
  • Maziar Bahari, internationally acclaimed Iranian/Canadian journalist who was jailed for 118 days in Iran's Evin Prison in 2009 after covering the protests that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election. His detention was the subject of his bestselling book Then They Came for Me and the film Rosewater by Jon Stewart.
  • Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and world-renowned expert in PTSD among front-line journalists.



Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ET


Munk School of Global Affairs

The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON




This event was made possible through the Munk School of Global Affairs. Seating is limited. For free attendance registration, please visit:  

Journalism Is Not A Crime, established by Maziar Bahari, seeks to raise awareness about the harassment of Iranian journalists by their government (including 55 still in prisons across Iran) and to provide legal and psychological assistance to hundreds of other persecuted reporters.  

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