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BBC hacked Iran state TV website?

Last Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:55

Zeenews Bureau

Tehran: Iran`s state TV on Wednesday accused the BBC of hacking its website to alter the results of a poll about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme.

The BBC has rejected the allegation.

Earlier, the British broadcaster`s Farsi language service had reported that 63 percent of poll respondents backed halting uranium enrichment in exchange for an end to Western economic sanctions.

However, the TV report suggested that the actual figure was 24 percent, and the rest favoured retaliation against the West with measures like closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key to exporting oil from the Gulf.

In a statement, the BBC said the claims were "both ludicrous and completely false, and the BBC Persian Service stands by its reporting."

"There is a significant audience within Iran which depends on BBC Persian to provide impartial and trusted news, and we are confident they are familiar with the state media`s tactics," it said.

The poll was taken off Iran TV`s website on Tuesday.

The West suspects Iran may be aiming to produce nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes like energy production.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:55
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