Posted by: bahareiran | December 10, 2010

Iran shuts News Corp office, arrests 5

Reuters, 7 December 2010 –  Iran has closed the Tehran office of a television channel partly owned by News Corp and arrested five employees for ‘helping the anti-revolutionary movement,’ the semi-official Mehr news agency said on Tuesday. The satellite entertainment channel Farsi1 broadcasts soaps and sitcoms dubbed into Persian.

Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said the Farsi1 office in central Tehran had dubbed television series into Farsi ‘with the aim of helping the anti-revolutionary movement,’ Mehr news agency said… Launched in August 2009, Farsi1 is popular among many Iranians with its range of entertainment shows from the United States, Latin America and Asia.

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