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Iranian state TV accused of faking burning of Khomeini portrait

• The Observer
The Iranian state broadcaster, Irib, has been accused of faking dramatic footage of an anti-government protester setting fire to a portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's revered revolutionary leader.

The images caused shock and incredulity when broadcast and have now provoked a row among the country's Islamic leadership, with opposition leaders, senior clerics and the institution charged with preserving Khomeini's works accusing Irib of desecrating the late ayatollah's memory. Hundreds of theological students staged a rally in Tehran yesterday in protest at the "insult".

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