From the TUC

Channel Four’s strange decision

26 Dec 2008, by in International

Channel 4 likes to shock, but their decision that President Ahmadinejad of Iran – a regime that that both locks and beats up trade unionists -was a suitable person for their alternative Christmas broadcast was wrong.

4 Responses to Channel Four’s strange decision

  1. Owen Tudor

    Dec 27th 2008, 7:32 pm

    As predicted on the TUC Stronger Unions blog (, President Ahmadinejad’s regime is using this holiday season – as so often before – to crack down on trade unionists when it thinks no one is watching. On 22 December, writers’ union activist Mohsen Hakimi was arrested (see TUC protest at, and on 27 December, bus workers’ leader Ebrahim Madadi was also arrested (see protest at As Channel 4 commissioning editors tuck into their Christmas turkey, those unlucky enough to live under the person they chose to deliver their Christmas message are languishing in jail. I hope Channel 4 excutives choke on their festive food and drink.

  2. Iranian Government – predictable repression of trade unions | STRONGER UNIONS
    Dec 27th 2008, 9:04 pm

    […] colleague Nigel Stanley, writing on the TUC Touchstone blog, described their decision to do so as wrong, and an Iranian blogger was […]

  3. Mac Urata
    Dec 28th 2008, 2:32 am

    I agree with you, Nigel
    you may know that the Iranian authorities arrested a bus union leader, Ebrahim Madadi today in Tehran. He is the third person in two weeks that is detained by the secret police.

    Surely Channel 4 must report this new wave of oppression towards the independent workers’ movement in Iran!

    Also big thanks to the TUC for protesting to these events very shiftly during the holiday season.

  4. Eric Lee
    Dec 29th 2008, 12:05 pm

    Well done, Nigel. It shouldn’t only be the Jewish community and a handful of human rights activists making noise about this. Glad to hear a trade union voice as well.