A Canadian Newsweek reporter *confessed* to doing the bidding of Western governments, according to the Fars News Agency.
Maziar Bahari, 42, made his alleged confession at a news conference Tuesday. Because international journalists have been limited in their ability to gather news in Iran, CNN has not been able to confirm the agency report.
Fars reported that the Canadian-Iranian reporter who had worked for the BBC and England’s Channel 4 network admitted having filed false reports for Newsweek during the elections — a charge the magazine rejected.
“He has been reporting for years without any possible hint of bias and beyond reproach,” Newsweek Paris Bureau Chief Chris Dickey told CNN. “We think he’s one of the best reporters in the business.”
He called the report “preposterous.”
Other reporters, and many protesters have *confessed* to collusion against the regime.
Bahari is not the only reporter said to have confessed, according to Reporters Without Borders, which last week condemned “a parade of Iranian demonstrators being shown on state-run TV confessing to having protested at the behest of foreign media.”
The reporters all used the same words: “I admit that I demonstrated under the influence of the BBC, the radio Voice of America and other foreign media,” according to the advocacy group.
Iran has been working overtime to get to the bottom of the contested election issues. A recount of 10% of the votes saw an increase of votes for Ahmadinejad:
A random re-count of 10 percent of votes cast in Iran’s June 12 elections results in a slight increase of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s votes in some cities.
After ballot boxes were randomly chosen and re-counted in the presence of the Guardian Council, interior ministry and district governor representatives, Ahmadinejad’s votes increased in the province of Kerman, Fars news reported on Monday.
The incumbent president’s tally also rose by 12 votes in Jirof, after 17 of the 170 ballot boxes in the southeastern city were re-counted, according to Fars news.
…and an investigation into the shooting death of 26 year old protester, Neda Soltan produced the bombshell discovery that the murder was staged by “anti-government elements”:
The murder of 26-year-old protester Neda Soltan was staged, Iran’s chief of police said Wednesday — a statement that rights groups and Iran watchers are calling a propagandistic lie.
But, according to Iran’s Press TV, police chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqadam declared Wednesday that the shooting was a “prearranged scenario” — a “premeditated act of murder” that could not have been committed by Iranian police.
Meanwhile, the United States’ Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, won’t say the Iranian regime is illegitimate:
Why won’t she say it? Because, and I quote, “The political situation in Iran is for the Iranians to work out internally.” Now, based on that statement alone, what’s the painfully obvious follow-up question? Right: Why that principle doesn’t also apply to Honduras.
Alas, that painfully obvious question wasn’t asked.