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Israel's attacks on Iranian media building in Gaza hurt its prestige

TEHRAN, Jan. 10 (ISNA)-The Head of Iranian state-run English-language satellite channel of Press TV, Mohammad Sarafraz said Israeli attacks over Press TV and al-Alam media building in the Gaza Strip have damaged the prestige of Tel Aviv.

Two Israeli missiles hit the media office of Iran's English-language Press TV and Arabic-language network of al-Alam on Friday evening.

Among Press TV staffs, two have been injured during the missile attacks, but no reporter has been hurt, Mohammad Sarafraz said.

Those correspondents working in Gaza face shortage of facilities including power and they also cope with major security problems due to bombardments, he said adding "we try to cover all the events as we did before and give reports from inside the city."


Iran asks UNESCO to aid release of reporter from Israel's jail

TEHRAN, Jan. 10 (ISNA)-Iran asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help release of correspondent of Iranian news agency Alalam arrested by Israeli troops in Gaza.

Iran's representative in UNESCO has already submitted a letter to the organization's Director General Koichiro Matsuura to ask him to take an explicit and firm stance towards Israeli measures in Gaza destroying the region's schools and universities.

Iran's representative in another letter has called for Matsuura to take a step regarding freedom of Alalam correspondent in Gaza who has been illegally arrested by Israeli soldiers in January 2009 while sending a report over Gaza events.

The letter asserts arresting reporters is against the free flow of information and informing the world of current events happening in Gaza Strip thus Iran wants the UNESCO Director General to aid release of the reporter.

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