Remember that post we made about the 3000+ ninja chicks living in Iran? That puff piece of a story resulted in Reuters, one of the largest news agencies in the world, losing it’s press credentials in the country:
The Iranian government has suspended the press accreditation for Reuters staff in Tehran after the publication of a video story on women’s martial arts training which contained an error.
Reuters, the news arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information group, corrected the story after the martial arts club where the video was filmed made a complaint.
The story’s headline, “Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran’s assassins”, was corrected to read “Three thousand women Ninjas train in Iran”.
Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance subsequently contacted the Reuters Tehran bureau chief about the video and its publication, as a result of which Reuters’ 11 personnel were told to hand back their press cards.
To be fair to Iran, there is a tiny bit of difference between Iranian women learning ninjitsu for fun and fitness … and Iranian women training to become ninja assassins. Considering tensions in the Middle East and the warmongering going on, you’d imagine a responsible news agency would think twice about sexing up this kind of headline lest grannies in Tel Aviv start fearing about shuriken attacks in the street.