Headlines: News Photog, Lawyer's Wife Released
08 Aug 2010 20:30
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Iranian lawyer's wife released from Tehran prison
CNN | Aug 8, 2010
The wife of a prominent human rights lawyer who fled Iran said she was released on bail Saturday night after spending nearly two weeks in solitary confinement in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.
Fereshteh Halimi said she had been reunited with her 7-year-old daughter Parmida. "Parmida is really well," she told CNN from Tehran Sunday. "We stayed up until morning talking together."
She said she had been detained on charges of "concealing a suspect." Her husband, Mohammad Mostafaei, went into hiding July 24 at about the same time Halimi and her brother were detained.
Iran 'lying' about murder charges, says Ashtiani
BBC | Aug 7, 2010
An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery has accused the Tehran government of lying about her case so they can execute her.
"They're lying," Ashtiani told the Guardian, speaking through the intermediary whom the paper did not name for security reasons.
"They are embarrassed by the international attention on my case and they are desperately trying to distract attention and confuse the media so that they can kill me in secret."
Ahmadinejad speaks on the importance of media
President Ahmadinejad stressed the importance of media in shaping public opinion.
"Many foreign TV networks were created to manipulate minds of a nation," he said, addressing a gathering of journalists and families of martyred journalists. "We must also make the best use of it, but we cannot broadcast false news; this is also morally wrong. We are the opposite of them [the West]. We think the news ought to be correct, hopeful, and hope-inspiring, and it should be in favor of the nation. We think that people who are hopeful can defeat tyrants much sooner than if they are hopeless."
Ahmadinejad: 9/11 scenario dubious
Press TV | Aug 7, 2010
"What was the story behind September 11? In the space of five to six days, and with the aid of the media, they swayed public opinion to the point of considering an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq permissible and a right [for themselves]," he said in a televised speech.
News censorship destroys people's trust: Rafsanjani
Mehr | Aug 7, 2010
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said censorship will destroy people's trust.
"We should not let others report Iran-related news to our people (first)," he added.
"The wider the circle of news fabrication and the denial of truth, the less the people will trust the national media, and (they) will shift (their) attention to the foreign media," he added.
Babak Bordbar, one of 16 prisoners at Evin who went on a hunger strike July 26, was released on Saturday. The photojournalist was arrested on December 27, 2009, during the Ashura protests in Tehran.
Bordbar was supposed to have been released two weeks earlier, pursuant to a court ruling. No reason was given for the delay.
Iran's navy gets 4 new Iranian-built submarines
Iran's state media say the country's navy has taken charge of four new Iranian-built submarines as part of Tehran's efforts to upgrade its defense capabilities.
IRNA says the Ghadir class submarines can fire missiles and torpedoes at the same time and can operate in the Persian Gulf's shallow waters.
Iran has also three Russian-made submarines.
'War on Iran will cripple intl economy'
Press TV | Aug 7, 2010
Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Yadollah Javani said "enemy adventurism" in the Persian Gulf is a grave mistake.
"If anything happens in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz is closed, the possibility of using this route will be lost for decades and this will be a great tragedy for the global economy," said Brig. Gen. Javani.