Iran: Reuters chief convicted in 'ninja' dispute

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TEHRAN, Iran — A special media court found the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson Reuters news agency guilty Sunday of “spreading lies” against the Islamic system for a video story that briefly included a posted description of women training as martial arts killers.

The state-owned news website YJC.ir quotes Ali Akbar Kasaeian, spokesman for the court panel, as saying Iranian national Parisa Hafezi was convicted of propaganda-related offenses for a February video that initially carried a headline saying the women were training as ninja “assassins.” Iran’s state Press TV also reported the court decision.

The Reuters headline was corrected, but it led to the suspension of the Reuters bureau in Tehran in March. Most of the Reuters staff shifted to Dubai, but Hafezi was not allowed to leave Iran.

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