Iran shuts News Corp office, arrests 5

Iran has closed the Tehran office of a television channel partly owned by News Corp and arrested five employees for “helping the anti-revolutionary movement,” the semi-official Mehr news agency said on Tuesday.

The satellite entertainment channel Farsi1 broadcasts soaps and sitcoms dubbed into Persian. It is operated by Dubai-based Broadcast Middle East, a 50-50 joint venture between News Corp and Afghanistan’s MOBY Group.

Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said the Farsi1 office in central Tehran had dubbed television series into Farsi “with the aim of helping the anti-revolutionary movement,” Mehr news agency said.


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