Reuters Tehran Chief Found ‘Guilty’

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27:  International Women's Media Foundation's (IWMF) honoree, Iranian Reuters bureau chief Parisa Hafezi attends the 21st annual International Women's Journalism Foundation's Courage in Journalism awards at The Waldorf Astoria on October 27, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    The head of Reuters’s bureau in the Iranian capital of Tehran was declared guilty of “spreading lies” by a state media court on Sunday. The exchange between the Islamic Republic’s repressive regime and Thomson Reuters news agency began after the outlet mistakenly ran a headline saying that a group of women trained in lethal martial arts were “assassins.” The headline was corrected and most of the bureau decamped to Dubai, but Iranian-born bureau chief Parisa Hafezi was detained in a rare instance of the court meddling in foreign media.

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