- Jan 15, 2006
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- Political Leaning
Because he screwed up the translation.
CNN is so liberal. :roll:CNN journalists banned from Iran
Journalists from CNN have been banned from working in Iran because of a mistranslation of the president's comments, the culture ministry says.
CNN had violated "professional ethics", the Irna news agency quoted the ministry as saying.
CNN issued a correction after it translated the president as saying Iran had a right to use nuclear "weapons" rather than nuclear "technology".
CNN does not have a bureau in Tehran but gets permits to cover assignments.
Its chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, is currently in the country.
The US-based news network had carried a live translation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's press conference on Saturday.
Its translation quoted the president as saying: "We believe all nations are allowed to have nuclear weapons", and that the West should not "deprive us to have nuclear weapons".
Iran says the Farsi word for technology was translated as weapons.
The Iranian culture ministry issued a statement on Monday saying: "Taking into account CNN's actions contrary to professional ethics in the past years and their distortion of the president's comments during his press conference on Saturday... no journalists from CNN will be authorised to come to Iran."
It continued: "Any revision in the decision depends on the performance of CNN in future."
A call to CNN's Atlanta headquarters was not immediately returned but the channel told viewers it had not yet been notified of the ban.
Iran insists its nuclear programme is for producing energy, not weapons
Leading Western nations are currently trying to persuade Russia and China to support a hard line on Iran's nuclear programme in a closed-door meeting in London.
Last week Iran broke the seals on three nuclear facilities, ending a two-year moratorium on atomic experimentation.