[DEHAI] CNN: Fake reporting or duped by caller? (PRESS-TV, Iran)

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From: Berhan Sium (eretrawi@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Jun 26 2009 - 12:50:58 EDT

CNN: Fake reporting or duped by caller?

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 07:27:00 GMT

In line with foreign media attempts to disrupt post-election stability in Iran, CNN has broadcast a false report which contradicts footage obtained by Press TV.

CNN broadcast an interview with a so-called anonymous witness of Wednesday's protest in Tehran's Baharestan Square, with the aim of depicting Iranian security forces as villains.

Footage obtained by Press TV reporters display some 200 protesters 'illegally' gathering in front of Iran's parliament and at a nearby subway station on Wednesday, to protest the result of the June 12th election.

The CNN's report, however, contains a call from an alleged female witness in Tehran who supposedly describes the situation as the 'massacre' of protesters by the police in Baharestan Square.

The following is an excerpt from CNN newscaster's conversation with the alleged witness:

CNN: You tell us what you saw today when you tried to go to Baharestan Square?

Witness: Police stopped everyone at Sa'di. They emptied the buses that were taking people there and let the private cars go on.

All of a sudden 500 people with clubs and woods came out of Hedayat Mosque and poured into the streets. They started beating everyone and throwing them off Sa'di Bridge. This was a massacre.

CNN: We are not only getting this report from you. We got a report from another source in Tehran describing the situation today being terrible, saying people were being shot like animals; they beat people like animals. Are you safe right now?

Witness: Yes, exactly, exactly. This is what was happening. They beat people so bad.

However, Press TV, which is based in Tehran and was present at the scene, did not find even traces of the false and unfounded report.

It remains unclear, whether CNN -- which has resorted to 'unreliable' sources like social network websites in its coverage of Iran -- was duped by the 'anonymous' caller or was simply faking the phone call in line with the Western agenda of destabilizing Iran.

Iranian officials have condemned foreign media outlets including Britain's state-run BBC over dramatizing the situation in the country by provoking the post-election violence in Iran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi on Sunday pinned the blame for the recent post-election turmoil across the country on US and British media outlets.

Post-election unrests were sparked after the Interior Ministry declared Ahmadinejad as the president of the country for yet another four-year term by almost two-thirds of the vote.

People have staged rallies across the country to protest the results of the election. Some of the demonstrations have turned violent.



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