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CNN banned in Iran for translation error

The channel misquoted a Farsi word meaning 'technology' as 'weapons', resulting in the ban.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 00:48 IST

An error in the translation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech has resulted in the CNN being banned from Iran.

CNN, one of the world's leading news channels, was banned as it had quoted the President saying that his country is seeking nuclear weapons, a government official said on Monday.

In fact, the President had used a Farsi word that meant 'technology', which was translated as 'weapons'.

During CNN's live translation of a press conference by Ahmadinejad on Saturday, the President was quoted as saying that "we believe all nations are allowed to have nuclear weapons" and that the West should not "deprive us to have nuclear weapons".

"Taking into account CNN's actions contrary to professional ethics in the past years and their distortion of the President's comments during his press conference, the activities of the CNN journalist in Tehran will end and no journalists from CNN will be authorised to come to Iran," a statement from the Iranian culture ministry said.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 23:08 IST