Fars News Agency

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Updated:Monday 13th October 2014

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2003; 11 years ago (2003)
News agency
Persian, English, Turkish and Arabic
Saeid Noubari
Mehdi Fazaeli
 • farsnews.com (in Persian)  • english.farsnews.com (in English)

The Fars News Agency (FNA) is a news agency in Iran. While it describes itself as "Iran''s leading independent news agency", news organizations such as CNN and Reuters describe it as a "semi-official" news agency with ties to the government. The Wall Street Journal stated the agency is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

  • 1 History and profile
  • 2 Interview with Egyptian president
  • 3 Rewording of press release
  • 4 Reposted "news" story by The Onion
  • 5 "Time machine" story
  • 6 "Tall White Alien" story
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

History and profile

Fars News Agency, a privately owned agency, was founded in 2003. The agency''s managing director, Saeid Noubari, is a former head of the public relations office of the Tehran Justice Department. The agency''s managing editor, Mehdi Fazaeli, is also the spokesman of Iran''s Association of Muslim Journalists.

In addition to Persian reporting, the agency also provides news in English, Turkish and Arabic.

Interview with Egyptian president

In June 2012, it released an interview with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in which he wanted a strategic alliance with Iran. Both the competing Iranian news agency Press TV and the Egyptian news agency MENA have disputed the authenticity of this interview.

Rewording of press release

In May 2012, Human Rights Watch sent out a press release regarding the United Nations'' scrutiny of Bahrain. In part, it said: "The voice of the international community has been subdued regarding Bahrain''s manifold violations, especially compared with the international response to abuses in Syria, Libya, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries."

The agency chose to publish it with this wording: "The voice of the international community has been subdued regarding Bahrain''s manifold violations, especially compared with the international response to abuses in Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries."

Reposted "news" story by The Onion

In September 2012, the agency picked up – as fact – a story from The Onion, a satirical newspaper, about a supposed survey showing "an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. President Barack Obama in the upcoming U.S. elections". Fars News Agency later apologized for its mistake, with excuse that leading Western media "also had many similar goofs".

The Iranian version copied the original word-for-word, even including a made-up quote from a fictional West Virginia resident who says he would rather go to a baseball game with Ahmadinejad because "he takes national defense seriously, and he''d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does."

"Time machine" story

In April 2013, the agency carried a story claiming a 27-year-old Iranian scientist had invented a time machine that allowed people to see into the future. A few days later the story was removed, and replaced with a story quoting an Iranian government official that no such device had been registered.

"Tall White Alien" story

In January 2014, the agency reported a story that US Security policy is being driven by "Tall White Aliens" that the US inherited from Adolf Hitler.

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