Iran: Foreign Media Speaks for 'Hooligans'
Journalists 'damaging the Islamic republic'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2009 1:02 PM CDT
A demonstrator climbs the Freedom Tower as hundreds of thousands of supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi turn out to protest election results at a rally in Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran Monday.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Iran has slammed foreign journalists for sparking unrest in the country as the “mouthpieces” of “hooligans,” CNN reports. The foreign ministry said “hundreds” of foreigners had been allowed into Iran in “a sign of the total transparency in the trends of the elections,” but “certain countries have rushed to judgment and have supported the illegal gatherings and the disturbances that a number of opportunists had created.”

The journalists have thus “damaged and targeted the radiant face of the Islamic republic,” the statement continued. Meanwhile, the country’s Revolutionary Guard said it would take “legal action” against “destructive” websites that “use cyberspace to incite riot, threaten people and create rumors.”