Fars News Agency
|Fars News Agency|
Fars News Agency logo
|Official languages||Persian, English, Turkish and Arabic|
|Managing Director||Saeid Noubari|
|Managing Editor||Mehdi Fazaeli|
|Website|| • farsnews.com (in Persian)
• english.farsnews.com (in English)
While it describes itself as "Iran's leading independent news agency", news organizations such as CNN and Reuters describe it as a "semi-official" news agency with ties to the government. The Wall Street Journal has stated the agency is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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The agency's managing director, Saeid Noubari, is a former head of the public relations office of the Tehran Justice Department. The agency's managing editor, Mehdi Fazaeli, is also the spokesman of Iran's Association of Muslim Journalists.
Rewording of press release
In May 2012, Human Rights Watch sent out a press release regarding the United Nations' scrutiny of Bahrain. In part, it said: "The voice of the international community has been subdued regarding Bahrain's manifold violations, especially compared with the international response to abuses in Syria, Libya, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries."
The agency chose to publish it with this wording: "The voice of the international community has been subdued regarding Bahrain's manifold violations, especially compared with the international response to abuses in Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries."
Interview with Egyptian president
In June 2012, it released an interview with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in which he wants a strategic alliance with Iran. Both the competing Iranian news agency Islamic Republic News Agency and the Egyptian news agency Mena have disputed the authenticity of this interview.
Reposted "news" story by The Onion
In September 2012, the agency picked up – as fact – a story from The Onion, a satirical newspaper, about a supposed survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. President Barack Obama in the upcoming U.S. elections.
The Iranian version copied the original word-for-word, even including a made-up quote from a fictional West Virginia resident who says he would rather go to a baseball game with Ahmadinejad because "he takes national defense seriously, and he'd never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does."
"Time machine" story
In April 2013, the agency carried a story claiming a 27-year-old Iranian scientist had invented a time machine that allowed people to see into the future. A few days later the story was removed, and replaced with a story quoting an Iranian government official that no such device had been registered.
- "Fars News Agency". English.farsnews.com. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
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- Staff (1 December 2009). "Iran Investigates Reports It Detained Britons-Media". Reuters. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- (subscription required) Fassihi, Farnaz (21 July 2010). "Iran Says Amiri Spied on U.S.". The Wall Street Journal.
- Staff (20 May 2012). "Bahrain: Human Rights Body Should Target Repression – Systematic and New Violations and Impunity". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- [dead link] "Human Rights Violation in Bahrain; from Using Banned Arms to Torturing Protestors". Fars News Agency.
- Paraszczuk, Joanna (25 June 2012). "Morsy Denies Iranian Interview on Peace 'Review'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Martinez, Michael (29 September 2013). "Iran's News Agency Portrays Satirical Onion Story as Its Own". CNN. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- McGreal, Chris (28 September 2012). "Iranian News Agency Fars Reports Onion Article on Ahmadinejad as Actual News – Satirical Newspaper's Claim That Americans Would Rather Hang Out with Ahmadinejad over Obama Taken Seriously in Tehran". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Satherley, Dan (18 April 2013). "Iran Denies Having Time Machine". 3 News. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Vahdat, Ahmed (10 April 2013). "Iranian Scientist Claims to Have Invented 'Time Machine' – An Iranian Businessman Claims to Have Mastered Time with a Machine That Allows Users to Fast Forward up to Eight Years into the Future". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2013.