Sadeq Saba, Head of BBC Persian Service gave a talk titled ‘Revisiting Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century’.

Sadeq Saba became the Head of BBC Persian Service in 2010. Prior to that, he was the BBC Iranian affairs analyst for over a decade. He has covered three presidential elections and many other major events in Iran. Most recently, Sadeq travelled to Iran to present the acclaimed television series A Taste of Iran.  He will talk about the value and importance of freedom of speech and the problems and challenges that BBC Persian is currently facing.

BBC Persian is part of BBC World Service and is the Persian-speaking world’s leading international broadcaster, providing news to Persian speaking audiences around the world, paying special attention to those in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.  BBC Persian is a multimedia service, available on radio, television, internet, mobile phones and handheld devices. 11.9 million people from around the world listen to and watch BBC Persian each week. has been blocked in Iran by the authority since January 2006, but despite censorship, the site now receives around 50 million page views each month, including Persian-speakers in Eurasia, North America and Europe.

Tuesday 13th of November 2012 – 5 pm – Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 4

University of Sheffield. For more information on International Journalism week click here.