Post date: 
Monday, 2 July 2018
Cartoon football in net and photo of Mani holding a microphone

British-Iranian sports journalist Mani Djazmi recently reported from the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the BBC World Service. Connect caught up with him to find out what it’s like to be a registered blind journalist, and the realities of travelling the world for work.  

Mani was born in Tehran in 1980, and came to England for a sight-saving operation when he was four. The operation was not successful and he became totally blind.

From a young age Mani had a thirst for watching the news, and after doing work experience at his local evening newspaper he fell in love with journalism. He started out being interviewed on the BBC’s In Touch radio show before going to Iran to cover international games and interviewing his heroes. Today, he is a presenter on the BBC World Football radio show.