Press Release by Campaign Iran (CASMII)
Complaints Commission have launched an investigation following the submission of
a report today detailing a catalogue of innaccurate and misleading stories about
Iran by Daily Telegraph political
editor, Con Coughlin. The report, put together by Campaign
of Coughlin's writing on
articles by Mr Coughlin on
The report also reveals that Coughlin has a history of breaking politically important stories that are later shown to be inaccurate. He is the journalist who, discovered "the fact" that Saddam Hussein could launch weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes. He was also the journalist who, in 2003, unearthed "the link" between the 9/11 hijacker, Mohammed Ata, and the Iraqi intelligence.
Professor Abbas Edalat of Campaign
"The quoting of unnamed sources has
always been an essential aspect of news
reporting, but Coughlin is abusing the practice in
order to give substance otherwise implausible political stories. These stories
are repeated as fact on news outlets and websites across the world. They cannot
be easily challenged because the unnamed source can never be revealed. During
the build-up to the invasion of Iraq Coughlin was behind two very influential
stories that helped pave the path to war. Both were later found to be completely
untrue. We must be vigilant against similar inaccuracies being used to prepare
the path for intervention against
'Conning the Nation: An
Analysis of Con Coughlin's Reportage on Iran' has been compiled by Campaign
For more information visit www.campaigniran.org.uk
Contact: Professor Edalat on 0207 2292375
Press Office: 0797163005 or 07799650791
Sources used by Coughlin's for his articles published in the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph within the last one year.
"The West woke up too late to the nuclear threat of rogue states" Source: none.
04/08/2006: "Teheran fund pays war compensation to Hizbollah families"
senior security official".
14/07/2006: "Israeli crisis is a smoke screen for
13/07/2006: "Cat and mouse games on border that is 'our front line with
senior western diplomat"
11/04/2006: "The West can't let
official closely involved in the IAEA's negotiations with
07/04/2006: "UN officials find evidence of secret uranium enrichment plant"
diplomat closely involved in the IAEA's negotiations with Teheran" and "A senior
diplomat attached to the IAEA headquarters in
senior Israeli military commander" and "an officer with
06/03/2006: "Teheran park 'cleansed' of traces from nuclear site"
senior western official"
senior Western intelligence official"
senior western intelligence officer" and "an intelligence
27/11/2005: "Teheran secretly trains Chechens to fight in
senior intelligence official"
29/10/2005: "Smuggling route [from
National Council of Resistance of
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