Sunday, 8 February 2009

Sexing up Iran's nuclear ambitions

Dear complaints,

Can I ask why you made such a simple error here?
What proof do you have that Iran +is+ acquiring nuclear weapons?
You should change this immediately and remind your staff not to sex-up this matter.
"Germany has warned Iran that it would support tougher sanctions if diplomatic efforts to stop the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons broke down"
I would like a reply.

Many thanks.


I don't think we're saying Iran is definitely acquiring nuclear weapons. The sentence talks about "diplomatic efforts to stop the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons" - the efforts may well be based on the belief that Iran is working on weapons, but we haven't said that ourselves. We make clear that Iran denies the claims.

Best wishes,

Ian Jolly
News website

Dear Ian,

Thanks for your reply. I disagree.

As there is no mention of a "belief" in this sentence which you suggest these efforts "may well" be based on, what the sentence is in fact saying is the Iranians have started to acquire nuclear weapons and there are ongoing diplomatic efforts to stop them.

"Iran says it wants the uranium for nuclear power, not weapons"
You mention that you have made it "clear that Iran denies the claims" but what good is this denial when you state as fact that they have started acquiring nuclear weapons? This portrays Iran as liars and is hardly impartial.

Please reconsider and rephrase the sentence in question.

Many thanks.

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