Saeed Karimian

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Saeed Karimian
Persian: سعید کریمیان
Born(1972-08-08)8 August 1972
Died29 April 2017(2017-04-29) (aged 44)
Cause of deathAssassination
Occupation(s)founder and chairman of Gem Televisions Network

Saeed Karimian (8 August 1972[1] – 29 April 2017) was an Iranian television executive, the founder, chairman, and owner of Dubai-based [2] GEM TV, which runs 17 Persian-language TV channels, plus one each in Kurdish, Azeri, and Arabic.[3][4] Karimian, who was British national,[5] had been tried in absentia by a court in Tehran, and sentenced to a prison term of six years for spreading propaganda against Iran.[4]

Assassination of Saeed Karimian[edit]

Karimian was shot dead in Istanbul, Turkey, on 29 April 2017, along with his Kuwaiti business partner.[3][4][5] According to the exiled Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance, Karimian was assassinated by the Revolutionary Guard on the orders of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s Supreme Leader.[6] In May 2017, Turkish media reported that two people accused for the assassination of Karimian were arrested in Serbia with fake passports on their way to Iran.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "‫اطلاعیه شماره یک شبکه جم‬‎". YouTube. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Iranian media group chief shot dead in Istanbul". The National.
  3. ^ a b "Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media reports | World news". The Guardian. Reuters. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Gem TV: Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul – BBC News". 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media report". The Guardian. 30 April 2017.
  6. ^ Kingsley, Patrick (30 April 2017). "Exiled Iranian TV Executive Is Assassinated in Istanbul". New York Times.
  7. ^ "متهمان به قتل "سعید کریمیان"، مدیر شبکه تلویزیونی "جم" بازداشت شدند". ار.اف.ای - RFI (in Persian). 18 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2021.