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Ofcom rejects “Iran International” justifications

London, Iran's ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad said that Ofcom (Office of Communications, UK media regulatory body) has rejected justifications by Iran International TV for conducting an interview with a spokesman of an anti-Iran terrorist group.

Baeidinejad said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that Ofcom has issued a 13-page report following Iran's lawsuit against Iran International, rejecting all the justifications for carrying out an interview with a spokesman of an armed group by the London-based channel having financial support from Saudi Arabia.

After the interview in which the spokesman of Al-Ahwazi terrorist group hailed a terrorist attack in Iranian southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran's embassy in London lodged a lawsuit with Ofcom calling the TV channel's act a blatant violation of law and a clear sign of support for terrorism.

In this case the news coverage of an act of violence, including an interview with an individual justifying that act of violence, in our view, clearly had the potential to be offensive to the viewers, Ofcom said in its report.

Iran International which started working on May 18, 2017, broadcasts political and social programs in Persian language.

Ofcom's 13-page report describes in detail all the acts by the channel to modify its stances on the day of reporting the incident, the Iranian ambassador said.

Baeidinejad, however said that Ofcom has come to the conclusion that with the corrective measures taken by the channel, it has made up for its early unacceptable act, and therefore does not need to be legally prosecuted.

He complained Ofcom for basing its investigations on a recorded program of the interview, while he said it should have made judgments based on the live broadcast.

Iran International should take a big lesson from its totally wrong and illegal act so as not to do such an illegal act in the future, the Iranian ambassador said.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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