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Reuters has admitted to mistake in Iranian female ninjas story: official

Source: Mehr News Agency

Reuters has admitted that it ran a mistaken headline last month saying Iran had been training female ninja assassins, Mohammad Javad Aghajari, the director general of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance's Foreign Media Department, said on Wednesday.

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According to Press TV, last month, Reuters showed a number of Iranian girls training martial arts in a city near Tehran, claiming Iran was training more than 3,000 female ninjas to kill any possible foreign invaders.

The distorted Reuters report was picked up by other British media outlets.

Following the strong protest from Iranian media outlets to the report, Reuters made changes to parts of the report but refused to apologize for the move.

Related Report: Iranian ninjas sue Reuters for defamation of character

Press TV also reported on March 28 that the Iranian girls, accused by Reuters of being assassins, said that the damage had already been done and that they were taking legal action against the agency for defamation of character.

Iran revoked the press cards of Reuters staff in the country on April 2 due to the mistake.

Speaking to the Persian service of IRNA, Aghajari said, "Officials at Reuters news agency have realized their mistake in the news agency's recent report and have admitted to it."

After Reuters officials admitted to their mistake, they requested a meeting with the relevant Iranian officials, but no meeting has been held yet, he added.

Aghajari also said, "Activities of the news agency in Tehran have been halted temporarily, and we are in talks with its officials."

The issue is under discussion and Reuters may be allowed to continue its activities in Iran by observing the regulations.

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