CNN Footage Confiscated In Iran


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.”