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Fars News Agency
Fars News Agency.jpg
Fars News Agency logo
Abbreviation FNA
Formation 2003; 12 years ago (2003)
Type News agency
Location
Official language
Persian, English, Turkish and Arabic
Managing Director
Seyed Nezamozddin Musavi
Morteza Ghamari Vafa
Website  • farsnews.com (in Persian)
 • english.farsnews.com (in English)

The Fars News Agency (FNA) is a news agency in Iran. While it describes itself as "Iran's leading independent news agency",[1] news organizations such as CNN and Reuters describe it as a "semi-official" news agency.[2][3]

History and profile[edit]

Fars News Agency, a privately owned agency, was founded in 2003.[4] In addition to Persian reporting, the agency also provides news in English, Turkish and Arabic.

Interview with Egyptian president[edit]

In June 2012, it released an interview with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in which he wanted a strategic alliance with Iran. Both the competing Iranian news agency Press TV and the Egyptian news agency MENA have disputed the authenticity of this interview.[5][6]

Rewording of press release[edit]

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."[7]

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."[8]

Reposted "news" story by The Onion[edit]

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".[9][10] Fars News Agency later apologized for its mistake, with excuse that leading Western media "also had many similar goofs".[11]

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."[9][10]

"Time machine" story[edit]

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.[12][13]

"Tall White Alien" story[edit]

In January 2014, the agency reported that U.S. security policy is being driven by "Tall White Aliens" that the U.S. inherited from Adolf Hitler.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Iranian Seminarians Denounce Anti-Government Protesters". CNN. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Iran Investigates Reports It Detained Britons-Media". Reuters. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Media Environment Guide: Iran" (PDF). BBC Monitoring. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Paraszczuk, Joanna (25 June 2012). "Morsy Denies Iranian Interview on Peace 'Review'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Egypt rejects report of Morsi comments about Iran ties". Press TV. 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bahrain: Human Rights Body Should Target Repression – Systematic and New Violations and Impunity". Human Rights Watch. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Human Rights Violation in Bahrain; from Using Banned Arms to Torturing Protestors". Fars News Agency. 24 March 2013. Archived from the original on 24 March 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Martinez, Michael (29 September 2013). "Iran's News Agency Portrays Satirical Onion Story as Its Own". CNN. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b 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. 
  11. ^ Philip Caulfield (1 October 2012). "Iran Fars news agency apologizes for running Onion article saying Americans prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama". Daily News (New York). 
  12. ^ Satherley, Dan (18 April 2013). "Iran Denies Having Time Machine". 3 News. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Snowden Documents Proving "US-Alien-Hitler" Link Stun Russia". Fars News Agency. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 

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