Iran today (Tuesday) banned CNN reporters from the country, then lifted the ban after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked that the reporters be allowed to continue working there, effectively nullifying the earlier order. The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported earlier that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic guidance had canceled the work permits of CNN staff following a translation error in which CNN quoted Ahmadinejad as saying that his country has the right to build nuclear weapons. In fact, he had said that the country has the right to develop nuclear energy and that "a nation that has civilization does not need nuclear weapons. ... Our nation does not need them." CNN later corrected the translation and apologized. Lesley Howard Languages, which performed the translation, issued a statement also apologizing and saying that the interpreter had been fired.




01/17/2006