It’s reported by Iran that at least two Iranian journalists at a state-owned media outlet reportedly resigned from their jobs, and another left a while back by apologizing for “the 13 years I told you lies” to her supporters, as Tehran grapples with the fallout from the protests stemming from a cover-up of its accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner.
Anchor, Gelare Jabbari posted an apology on an Instagram, which seems to have been deleted.
According to The Guardian, the post read, “It was very hard for me to believe that our people have been killed,”
“Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.”
These 2 news anchors at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, also thanked their supporters in separate statements.
Zahra Khatami said, “Thank you for accepting me as anchor until today,”
“I will never get back to TV. Forgive me.”
The fellow anchor Saba Rad said that she was leaving journalism after 21 years.
She said that, “Thank you for your support in all years of my career,”
“I announce that after 21 years working in radio and tv, I cannot continue my work in the media. I cannot.”
These resignations come in reaction to anti-government protests that started on Monday as Iranians again took to the streets. Most of the Iranian are calling for the ouster of government leaders after the shooting down of a passenger plane of Ukrainian that Iran initially denied responsibility for. But later on Tehran walked back its denial, and admitted to downing the plane in a misfire during the attacks on bases in Iraq where American troops are housed.
All these aggressive acts of Iranian attacks are followed the killing of Iranian Quds Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike. And it’s the possible reaction by these two news anchors, as their resignations come as some Iranians have an unfavorable view of the media that is tightly controlled by the regime.