Iranian state television presenters quit, ask forgiveness for ‘lying’

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An Iranian state TV presenter announced her resignation on Tuesday after Iran admitted to downing a civilian airliner, killing all 176 people on board.

“Forgive me for lying to you for 13 years … I will never return to TV,” TV presenter and producer Gelare Jabbari wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post.

Jabbari has worked for Iran’s state television for 13 years, hosting several shows. She has not yet offered an explanation after deleting her resignation post.

Jabbari is not the first to resign from state TV following Iran’s admission. Other presenters Saba Rad and Zahra Khatami also announced their resignations.

Her apparent resignation is believed to be related to Iran’s initial denial of shooting down flight PS752. Iran claimed for days the plane crashed due to a “technical difficulty,” before admitting to shooting down the plane.

However, after Iran’s admission, several state media journalists and employees have apologized to Iranians and expressed their discontent with the authorities, explaining that their reporting was based on the information provided to them by officials.

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