CNN Footage Confiscated In Iran

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By Alex Weprin Comment

CNN International correspondent Reza Sayah was in Iran this week, reporting on the wrestling World Cup, taking place in Tehran.

Iran dominated its match-up with the U.S., but the real drama happened in the press room. Iranian security guards confiscated footage from CNN, and erased a handful of interviews conducted during the tourney.

“It was a rare, golden opportunity to show how sports can bring countries together,” Sayah said, noting that someone sent a text message to security saying that CNN was dragging politics into the tournament by asking about U.S./Iran relations. “After they erased the interviews, they said that we can do the same interviews again. We made sure that no one made us compromise our report editorially.”

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