Protesters have gathered outside the BBC offices to criticise the TV outlet for its coverage of the unrest in Iran.

There were chants of “BBC, shame on you” outside Imperial House in Queen’s Road, Brighton, as a large group of people criticised the broadcaster for “silence” on the issue.

The protest is the latest in a series of events organised in support of the people of Iran who are taking to the streets in opposition to the Iranian government.

Banatshe Babapoor, a protester at the Brighton event, said: “We are unhappy about it because by being silent they are supporting this regime.

The Argus: Banatshe Babapoor, a protester at the eventBanatshe Babapoor, a protester at the event (Image: NQ Staff)

Ms Babapoor, 52, added: “Iranian people are under a lot of pressure and we want our voice to be heard all over the world.”

The protest at the BBC offices focused on the coverage by BBC’s Persian language service. Protesters have condemned the service for not speaking out against the Iranian government as well as a lack of coverage of events generally.

The demonstrators held a number of old Iranian flags, used before the current regime’s ascent in 1979, and shouted the names of women who have died as part of the unrest.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “The purpose of our journalism is to report the truth about events in Iran in an independent and impartial way. BBC News Persian journalists have been committed to covering all angles of the protests in Iran in depth, working around the clock to establish the facts, verify footage, and hear first-hand from people in the country.

The Argus: 'BBC, shame on you' reads a sign at the protest'BBC, shame on you' reads a sign at the protest (Image: NQ Staff)

“Our journalists are also facing untrue allegations, online abuse and in some cases, physical harassment, simply for doing their jobs. We condemn all harassment of our BBC Persian colleagues and we are committed to bringing their journalism – needed now more than ever – to our audience of millions in Iran and beyond.”

The discontent first began after the death of Masa Amini, a 23-year-old woman who was killed after being stopped by Iranian morality police for wearing her hijab incorrectly.

The Iranian government denies that Ms Amini was harmed in police custody.