BBC reporter arrested in Iran

A man who secretly worked for the BBC Persian TV channel in Iran has been arrested on charges of spreading lies about the country.

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2011, 10:26 AM IST

Tehran: A man who secretly worked for the BBC Persian TV channel in Iran has been arrested on charges of spreading lies about the country and making attempts to manipulate the public opinion, a news agency reported on Sunday.

The channel, launched Jan 14, provides eight hours of service daily, seven days a week, in Farsi language in peak viewing time of Iran and Afghanistan from London.

According to another agency, Hassan Fathi was arrested by the Iranian intelligence forces.

In September, Iran had arrested six other people, including a woman, for working for the BBC and distributing photos, videos and information to reflect a negative image of the country.