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Iran accuses UK of vote sabotage, kicks out BBC
2009-06-23
[Al Arabiya Latest] Iran's foreign minister accused Britain on Sunday of seeking to sabotage the disputed presidential election that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power and ordered the BBC's Tehran correspondent to leave within 24 hours, semi-official media reported Sunday. "Great Britain has plotted against the presidential election for more than two years," Manouchehr Mottaki told foreign diplomats in Tehran in comments translated into English by state-run Press TV.

Retaliation on BBC
Shortly after his comments, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Iran had decided to expel the BBC's correspondent. "Jon Leyne will have to leave Iran within the course of the next 24 hours under the charges of dispatching fabricated news and reports, ignoring neutrality in news, supporting rioters and trampling the Iranian nation's rights," Fars said, without giving a source.

Al Arabiya's Tehran bureau was also shut indefinitely after Iranina authorities closed it for a week last Sunday. "We witnessed an influx of people (from Britain) before the election. Elements linked to the British secret service were flying in droves," Mottaki charged.
Posted by:Fred

#10  #7 Iran is a conspiracy theory state. They are biting the hand that feeds them.

Persian Paranoia
Iranian leaders will always believe Anglo-Saxons are plotting against them.
Posted by: anonymous5089   2009-06-23 17:46  

#9  And the headline might read: BBC becomes "useful idiots" for the mullah regime.
Posted by: JohnQC   2009-06-23 11:18  

#8  The Beeb will probably do some soul-searching, or whatever the analog is for soul-dead media shills, and decide that they must re-double their efforts to appease mullahs and other third-world bigots.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy   2009-06-23 09:52  

#7  Iran is a conspiracy theory state. They are biting the hand that feeds them.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy   2009-06-23 09:39  

#6  Al-BBC should lose the power to raise money via tax. They've been openly left biased and it's pay back time.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2009-06-23 05:46  

#5  If Labour and their Left wing BBC upset them there must be trouble in Iran.

What will happen when the conservatives come in next year?
Posted by: paul2   2009-06-23 05:26  

#4  under the charges of dispatching fabricated news and reports, ignoring neutrality in news

Well, he got the first two right, anyway.
Posted by: gromky   2009-06-23 02:05  

#3  Red on red.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2009-06-23 01:05  

#2  Well, let's start with the things we agree on: Vote sabotage is bad.

Right?
Posted by: gorb   2009-06-23 00:23  

#1  That's the way thugs work, no possibility of any dissentig voice, especially lying with pictues and any actual proof.

Absolutely forbidden.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2009-06-23 00:16  

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