Viewers have accused the BBC of undermining its credibility after a Huffington Post report exposed a deal between the BBC and Tehran in which the BBC agreed not to share reports from inside Iran on its BBC Persian network. In exchange, the BBC was granted access for a foreign correspondent to enter Tehran, but the conditions of the deal have angered viewers.
An important piece by @yashar that exposes how Iran has long manipulated foreign media coverage and compromised reporters/analysts/researchers by offering them "special access"...with major strings attached. A friend at @bbcpersian told me he felt "betrayed" and "disgraced" https://t.co/oOygRcOvn8— Karim Sadjadpour (@ksadjadpour) July 16, 2019
7/ Furthermore, we now have to start asking hard questions about everyone in the media who boasts of access to the regime. What deal did they agree to? Are they being used, willingly or unwillingly, as pawns by Iranian authorities?— Kaveh Shahrooz کاوه شهروز (@kshahrooz) July 16, 2019
Why should the British taxpayer be made complicit in serving the interests of such a brutal regime, not least one refusing to @FreeNazanin?— Mariam Memarsadeghi (@memarsadeghi) July 16, 2019
How will @bbcpersian journalists respond to this obvious abdication of journo ethics & their independence? #AyatollahBBC https://t.co/Ej8DueK4R7