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03/30/12

Iran Pulls Reuters Accreditations After Video Complaint

Source: RFE/RL

The Iranian government has suspended the accreditation of Reuters' staff in Tehran after that news agency published a video on female martial-arts training that contained an error.


The suspension of the Reuters accreditations came after a complaint over a video showing women's martial-arts training in Iran.

Related Report: Iranian ninjas sue Reuters for defamation of character

The video was originally titled "Thousands of female ninjas train as Iran's assassins" but was changed to "Three thousand women ninjas train in Iran" after the martial arts club in the video complained.

Reuters said Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance contracted its Tehran bureau chief on March 29 and later 11 Reuters' staffers were told to hand over their media cards.

Reuters said its editor in chief is in contact with Iranian officials and hopes to have the accreditation restored.

Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS


Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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