British Journalist Calls Self "Unapologetic Iranophile"
British broadcaster and journalist Jon Snow has reported from around the world, but Iran, where he has often visited, holds particular fascination. A self-diagnosed "unapologetic Iranophile", Snow was a witness to the Iranian revolution in 1978-79, “a popular revolution on a massive scale”, he says. In 2013, during the elections, Snow was the only British journalist permitted to report from the country, witnessing the victory of President Rouhani. In the past he has interviewed Iranian Presidents Abolhassan Banisadr and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, along with other leaders including Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Idi Amin, and many others.
During Snow's 2006 interview with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Channel 4 News, Blair was forced to concede that he had never even heard of Premier Mossadegh or the 1953 coup in Iran. It was a classic moment in unintentional ‘gotcha’ journalism.
After Tony Blair stepped down as Prime Minister, Snow offered advice for Blair's replacement, Mr. Gordon Brown in a 2007 article in The Daily Mail. Snow, who first went to Iran in 1970 and has reported extensively from there since the revolution, proposed that Brown travel to Iran within his first 100 days in office, noting that Foreign Secretary Jack Straw had already visited Iran five times. During Snow's own time in Tehran, he observed a society that is "ancient and modern, fundamentalist and secular, authoritarian and liberal."
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