Iranian TV publishes survey showing 60% of Iranians are willing to cease enrichment efforts. Poll quickly removed from station’s website and BBC accused by the TV station of hacking their website.
More than 60 percent of the respondents in an opinion poll posted on the irinn.ir website Khabar of Iran’s state television news channel on July 3 said they were in favor of Iran stopping its uranium-enrichment program in return for the gradual removal of international sanctions.
The BBC broadcaster’s in Farsi language service reported that the poll showed 63 percent of those who took part favored halting uranium enrichment in exchange for an end to Western economic sanctions.
The poll has been quickly removed after the responses failed to back up the government’s line and replaced by another poll about soccer, apparently after the results became apparent and received attention on social media.
Later on Iran’s state TV charged Wednesday that the BBC hacked its website to change the results of a poll about Iran’s nuclear program. The BBC denied the allegation.
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.