Iran Convicts Reuters Chief in 'Ninja' Row
Sentence to be handed down this week
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 2:23 AM CDT
A Reuters bureau chief has been found guilty of 'spreading lies' after a video labeled female ninjas in Iran as 'assassins.'   (JewishNewsOne)

(Newser) – A special Tehran "media court" has found a Reuters bureau chief guilty of "spreading lies" in a "ninja" video. The film initially included a headline, soon changed, that said female martial arts experts were training to be assassins. They were apparently ninjas, but not assassins. Operations at the Reuters Tehran bureau were suspended following the video, and the staff shifted to Dubai. But bureau chief Parisa Hafezi, an Iranian national, was not allowed to leave. "We understand that the jury has stated its view and we now await the court's ruling," a Reuters spokeswoman tells AP. A sentence is expected to be issued this week.

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Oct 1, 2012 12:21 PM CDT
Persian female ninja assassins. This is straight out of a Bond film. Me likee.
Oct 1, 2012 10:08 AM CDT
thanks for the lol! savages will be savages!
Oct 1, 2012 8:07 AM CDT
Interestingly enough, the word "assassin" is Persian in origin. The Assassins was an order that was founded by Hassan-i Sabbah that was headquartered in Persia. They were greatly feared and even sultans and kings rarely dared defy them. It wasn't until the Mongols invaded that the Assassin Order was destroyed.