CNN banned in Iran 'until further notice'

January 16, 2006 19:55

Iran said Monday that it was barring CNN from working in Iran "until further notice" due to its mistranslation of comments made by the president in a recent press conference. The ban, by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, was read in a statement on state-run television. "Due to mistranslation of the words of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his press conference, activities of the American CNN in Teheran are banned until further notice," the statement said. In a Saturday speech, Ahmadinejad had defended Iran's right to continue nuclear research. State media had complained since the speech that CNN used the translation "nuclear weapons" instead of "nuclear technology."

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