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CNN Footage Confiscated In Iran

CNN International correspondent Reza Sayah was in Iran this week, reporting on the wrestling World Cup, taking place in Tehran.

Iran dominated its match-up with the U.S., but the real drama happened in the press room. Iranian security guards confiscated footage from CNN, and erased a handful of interviews conducted during the tourney.

“It was a rare, golden opportunity to show how sports can bring countries together,” Sayah said, noting that someone sent a text message to security saying that CNN was dragging politics into the tournament by asking about U.S./Iran relations. “After they erased the interviews, they said that we can do the same interviews again. We made sure that no one made us compromise our report editorially.”

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Nightly News Inflates Iran Reporting

On NBC Nightly News last night, Brian Williams introduced a story about a flare-up in violence in Tehran related to the 30th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis by saying, “We get more from NBC News Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi, the only journalist working for an American broadcaster who is currently in Iran.”

Turns out, that’s not the case.

CNN’s full time, Tehran based producer, Shirzad Bozorgmehr reported from Tehran yesterday both on-air and online. He’s been based there full-time for 12 years. Shirzad also contributed to Reza Sayah‘s coverage of the anniversary from Pakistan.

The “Nightly” story after the jump…

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Iran Cracks Down on Foreign Media

Several American journalists are reporting today from Iran about what they’re not reporting: covering protests and demonstrations. Reza Sayah explained the situation on CNN:

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ABC’s Jim Sciutto is updating the situation on Twitter, from his hotel room:

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• WebNewser writes about a #CNNfail twituation today.

Related: FishbowlDC writes that the Twitter maintenance delay was a request from the State Department.