Iran suspends accreditation for Reuters in Tehran

LONDON, March 29 Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT

LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - The Iranian government has suspended the press accreditation for Reuters staff in Tehran after the publication of a video story on women's martial arts training which contained an error.

Reuters, the news arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information group, corrected the story after the martial arts club where the video was filmed made a complaint.

The story's headline, "Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran's assassins", was corrected to read "Three thousand women Ninjas train in Iran".

Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance subsequently contacted the Reuters Tehran bureau chief about the video and its publication, as a result of which Reuters' 11 personnel were told to hand back their press cards.

"We acknowledge this error occurred and regard it as a very serious matter. It was promptly corrected the same day it came to our attention," said editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler.

"In addition, we have conducted an internal review and have taken appropriate steps to prevent a recurrence," he said.

Adler said that Reuters was in discussions with Iranian authorities in an effort to restore the accreditation.

"Reuters always strives for the highest standards in journalism and our policy is to acknowledge errors honestly and correct them promptly when they occur," he added.

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Comments (15)
rostamuk wrote:
I would like you to explain to me as an Iranian how can Rueters recompensate millions of Iranians including me being offended by the thoughtless accusation and image assissination of the Iranian country and people. I hope you start showing some positive article about wonderful Iran and Iranian people. I am sure you reporter in Tehran has met the generosity offered to her. At the=is crucial time when the big bully like 1953 is hard at work trying to take over the control of Iranian energy resources. Let me tell you as an Iranian I will always be opposed to any western country trying to pretend to be on the side of Iranian people but give rediculas to banks and interference in Iranian oil market. I hope the people of Iran as usual oppose this ignorance and unite against this injustice.

Mar 29, 2012 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:
The original story was utterly stupid. To claim that athletes are actually “assassins” is utterly preposterous. Just correcting the error is not sufficient. Reuters must print an explicit apology.

Mar 30, 2012 12:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeanA420 wrote:
An “error?” Are you kidding me? Much, much more than just an error, this was simply another attempt to instill fear and misinformation in the general public. Reuters, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Mar 30, 2012 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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