Ofcom rules for Bahari against Press TV

Press TV, the news network controlled by the Iranian government with a bureau in west London, has been accused of multiple breaches of theOfcom broadcasting code.

The regulator has launched a formal investigation into the complaint byMaziar Bahari, the Newsweek journalist who spent 118 days in a Tehran jail after being arrested while covering the protests over the disputed presidential election last June.

I understand that Ofcom is now awaiting a response from Press TV to a series of questions about its screening of an excerpt from an interview with Bahari that occurred while he was in jail.

After his release, Bahari complained to Ofcom that Press TV had obtained the interview while he was under “extreme duress” in a prison interrogation room.

He was unable to speak freely, being compelled to read answers from a prepared script. The Press TV interviewer also asked questions that were suggested by Bahari’s interrogator, who was concealed behind a curtain. Those … >>>

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