Das Time Magazine veröffentlichte seine “Top-10-Everything of 2009”-Liste. In der Kategorie “Religious Stories” erscheint die Berichterstattung über die Inhaftierung der sieben führenden Bahá’í im Iran:
Several times, the government has scheduled capital-punishment hearings for the seven, only to cancel at the last minute. “The charges against these imprisoned Baha’is are baseless and a pretext for the persecution and harassment of a disfavored religious minority,” said Leonard Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has demanded their release. As of early December, the Baha’i leaders remained in prison with no trial scheduled.