No bandwagon for Serena Shim

No bandwagon for Serena Shim


Unlike Reyhaneh Jabbari, Serena Shim’s only sin was that she wasn’t killed by Iran.

According to newspaper reports:

An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence services had threatened her over her reporting of the siege of Kobane.
Serena Shim, who worked for Iran’s state-owned Press TV as Turkey correspondent, died in the city of Suruc after the car in which she was travelling reportedly collided with a ‘heavy vehicle’.
Shim’s death came just days after she spoke on camera of her fears of being arrested, claiming Turkish intelligence agents had accused her of spying after one of her reports suggested ISIS militants were being smuggled back and forth over the Syrian border in the back of aid vehicles.
Neither the ‘heavy vehicle’ nor the driver involved in the crash have been located after the incident, Press TV claimed, adding that her parents ‘refused to believe’ the crash had been an accident and are planning to pursue the matter legally.
Due to its strategic location close to the Syrian border, Suruc is where much of the international media covering the crisis in Kobane has been based over the past few weeks.
Only last Friday Shim was interviewed on camera by Press TV about her fears of being arrested by Turkish intelligence agencies.
In the short interview she alleged that she had been approached and accused of spying after a report in which he said she claimed to have received images of Islamic State terrorists being smuggled over the Turkey-Syria in vehicles belonging to the World Food Organization and other aid groups.
Shim described herself as ‘surprised’ at the accusation, ‘because I have nothing to hide and I have never done anything aside my job.’

How many liberal, secular and progressive activists wrote articles on Serena Shim?

How many tweets? Facebook statuses, posts and banners?

It’s not an either or case nor a comparison is intended. Both cases are important in their own way.

Iranian theocrats are known for poor record on human and women’s rights. But what about Turkey, the EU membership candidate, a NATO member and a Western ally? Imagine if Iran had killed an American journalist in dubious circumstances!

To all liberals and rights activist, I have this much to say.

Be an expert lawyer, jury and judge the way you did in a previous case.

Support Serena or condemn her, say something. Break your silence. Will you!

4 responses to “No bandwagon for Serena Shim”

  1. Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin

    Press TV’s correspondent Serena Shim was killed in a car crash in Turkey on Sunday October 19, 2014.
    Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:5AM GMT

    An American journalist believes that the slain Press TV correspondent Serena Shim appears to be the victim of a black operation by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

    Rodney Martin, who is the chairman of the American Nationalist Association, made the remarks on Monday following the questionable death of Shim inside Turkey, near the Syrian border.

    “Mrs. Shim most likely died as a result of her tireless pursuit of truth which is suppressed by media in the West. Mrs. Shim appears to be the victim of a CIA black op, most likely with the cooperation of Turkey who just recently accused her of being a ‘spy’ after she exposed Turkey’s assistance of ISIL,” Martin said.

    Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, told Press TV on Friday that the Turkish intelligence had accused her of spying, adding that she feared being arrested.

    On Sunday, her car collided with a heavy vehicle when she was returning from a report scene in Suruç, a rural district of Şanlıurfa Province of Turkey.

    “Farcical car accidents have been a CIA and their MOSSAD trainees’ specialty since the early 1950s. Likewise, the CIA has targeted those who have exposed their boondoggles and ISIL is a major CIA boondoggle,” Martin said.

    He also called on Turkey to grant Iranian officials access to investigate the cause of the reporter’s death.

    “The so-called accidental death of Press TV’s reporter Serena Shim must be fully investigated. However, this investigation must be conducted by investigators from Iran, and Turkey must grant full access to Iranian investigators,” Martin said.

    “Mrs. Shim had heroically reported truth on the scene regarding ISIL from Kobani,” he said, referring to Syria’s predominantly Kurdish city near the Turkish border, where the ISIL terrorists and Kurdish fighters are engaged in intense fighting.

    Martin also criticized the US State Department for being silent over the death.

    Shim is “an American citizen within the borders of an American ally” Turkey and “the State Department was silent when Rachel Corrie, another American citizen, died in the territory of another US ally, Israel,” Martin stated.

    “The United States does not have a credible track record of investigating deaths/murders of its citizens. It does, however, have a selective policy. Additionally, the United States has not been unbiased with its treatment of media that does not tow its policy line. US police harassed US-based Press TV crews this summer in Ferguson, Missouri. The United States demanded Saudi Arabia give US investigators full access when US citizens died in the Khobar Towers incident and demanded the same access for American investigators from Yemen regarding the USS Cole incident,” he said.

    “Turkey must grant investigators from Iran full access to all forensic evidence and the crime scene so as to assure there is no stifling of honest journalism and a full accounting is provided to Mrs. Shim’s family. Neither Turkey nor the US has the credibility to provide such an investigation,” he concluded.

    The slain Press TV correspondent was among the few journalists who had done stories about Takfiri militants’ infiltration into Syria through the Turkish border and she had gained access to images showing militants crossing the border in trucks belonging to the World Food Organization and other NGOs.

  2. Press TV reporter, Serena Shim, commemorated in Lebanon and a memorial service was held in Lebanon to remember the bold and daring Press TV’s correspondent who was killed in a suspicious car accident in Turkey near the Syrian border on Sunday.
    Video of memorial service held in Lebanon to remember Press TV correspondent “Serena Shim”