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Iran State Tv Sees At Least 2 News Anchors Quit: ‘Forgive Me For The 13 Years I Told You Lies’

January 14, 2020

The resignations come as some Iranians have an unfavorable view of the media, which is tightly controlled by the regime.


The resignations come as Iranians again took to the streets in anti-government protests Monday.


Many are calling for the ouster of government leaders after the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane that Iran initially denied responsibility for.


Tehran later walked back its denial and admitted to downing the plane in a misfire during attacks on bases in Iraq where American troops are housed. The attacks followed the killing of Iranian Quds Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike.


"We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves; and Islamic Republic of Iran state television employees acknowledge that their credibility has been lost," the group said, according to the newspaper.


"Unaware that the credibility of this media and most of the domestic media had long since vanished."


Reporters Without Borders ranks Iran as one of the most repressive states for journalists. It said state control of the news is "unrelenting" and at least 860 journalists have been imprisoned or executed since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.