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.