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By Masoud al-Zahid
Iran’s state Radio and Television has come under fire for
tampering with the speech of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi during a
summit of Non-Aligned States held in Tehran.
Critics said a translator for the Iranian media distorted President
Mursi’s speech to make it fit with the Islamic Republic’s official
While covering Mursi’s speech,
the official television network refused to translate the Egyptian
president’s statements critical of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Iran is the Syrian regime’s main ally and provided it with both
diplomatic and military support during the crisis.
Digarban website, which monitors conservative media in Iran, wrote that
the interpreter of the state television, “in an unprecedented
action,…falsified parts of Mursi’s speech by refusing to translate
Mursi’s sever attack on the Syrian regime.”
Some websites close the Iranian regime, such as Jahan News and Asriran,
published the Egyptian president’s speech without the part where he was
criticizing Syrian President Assad.
Jahan News described President Mursi as an “emerging president” and
described his talk about Assad as “extremist” and “irrational.”
When Mursi spoke about the Arab Spring countries and mentioned Libya,
Tunisia, Egypt, Syrian and Yemen, the translator replaced “Syria” with
Amid Mukadam, an Iranian media activist, told AlArabiya.net that he
heard “Bahrain” mentioned three times in the Persian translation, when
it was never mention in the original speech of Mursi.
Mukadam said the Persian interpreter “looked confused which means that
he was intent on inserting some expressions in Mursi’s speech and
deliberately used “al-Sahwa al-Islamiya” (Islamic Awakening) instead of
”This would have never happened if he was not ordered to do so by higher
authorities,” Maqdam added. “This is a blunt distortion of an official
live speech delivered by a president and heard by the world and did not
have any of those expressions.”
He explained that the distortion of Mursi’s speech demonstrated how the
regime in Tehran was more concerned about how its people view issues
than what President Mursi thinks and says.
The Iranian state television reportedly also altered remarks on Syria by
the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. General
Assembly President Nasser Abdul Aziz
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Syria, Iran, Egypt, Mursi, Press, PressTV, Media, Propaganda, Distortion, Lies, Fake, Faux, Uprising
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