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Reuters guilty over video script in Iran

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 30 September 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Reuters guilty over video script in Iran, 30 September 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5073cc5f14.html [accessed 20 April 2014]
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September 30, 2012

Iran's Press TV reports that an Iranian jury voted on September 30 to convict the Reuters news organization over a video script that contained an error.

Press TV said on its website the final decision rests with a judge, who is expected to issue his verdict next week.

In March, Iran suspended the press accreditation of Reuters staff in Tehran after the publication of a video script on women's martial arts training that incorrectly referred to the athletes as "assassins."

Reuters journalists have not been able to report inside Iran since then.

The jury also found Reuters' bureau chief in Iran, Iranian national Parisa Hafezi, guilty of "spreading lies."

Hafezi's passport was confiscated in March.

A Reuters spokesperson declined to comment "until a decision is issued."

Reuters has apologised for the error.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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