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Reuters gets go-ahead from Iran to reopen Tehran bureau

Less than one year after its offices were shut in Tehran, the government of Iran has given the Reuters News Agency permission to once again operate in the country.

Reuters was found guilty in September 2012 of “propaganda against the regime” and “publishing false information in an effort to disturb public opinion” after the agency published a video of females training as ninjas. Reuters referred to the people in the report as “assassins.”

At the time, Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler said the mistake was not malicious and the news agency withdrew its report. Still, a jury convicted Tehran bureau chief Parisa Hafezi of two offenses against the state and revoked Reuters’ press credentials.

Last week, an Iranian cultural minister said a court had reauthorized the news organization to open its bureau in Tehran.

AFP: Iran says Reuters can re-open Tehran bureau  
CNN: Iran finds Reuters guilty of lies in ‘ninjas’ report

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