During the election unrests in Iran in 2009 BBC and Channel 4 aired some footage in which some military personnel were appeared to be shooting at what was claimed to be peaceful protesters.
PressTV channel later aired a longer item containing images of rioters attacking a Basij military base with stones and petrol bombs while the base guards were trying to prevent attackers accessing the armory.
The longer footage could clearly show that the previous reporting of riots by BBC and Channel4 had been biased by not showing the attacks on the base which provoked the military base guards.The footages aired by the British news channels were supposedly provided by Maziar Bahari an Iranian born Canadian journalist .
An MI6 contact person, Bahari was arrested in Iran in the attack scene. He is charged with 15 counts of crime with serious questions about how he happened to be there and whether Bahari had received information that there was going to be an attack on the base .
Ten days after Bahari's arrest, in a press conference with his consent , the Iranian Canadian admitted to giving "false and biased" reports about the events that erupted in Iran after the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“Most of the work I did for BBC and Channel 4 had to do with highlighting problems in various areas… the journalist work I did revolved around daily news and issues such as the parliamentary and presidential elections,” Bahari told reporters including PressTV's.
“Western media are an inseparable part of the capitalist machine of Western liberal democracies. A Western journalist who comes to Iran… is mainly concerned with the interests of the West, which are defined in relation to each issue at every period of time,” he went on to say.
The Newsweek reporter said international press set the scenes for velvet revolutions in various countries, adding that the gentle overthrow of a government could not be achieved without their critical role.
“On the brink of every velvet revolution Western media try to portray the ruling administration as the traditional, bigoted, inefficient and undemocratic side, while introducing the Western-inclined trend as a modern, efficient, democratic, and reformist movement that has the support of the people,” Bahari added during the conference.
Bahari was released on bail on October 20, 2009 and fled the country. He was welcomed by the British government as a so-called freedom fighter and William Hague the British foreign secretary personally invited him to speak at the launch of the Human Rights & Democracy report on 31 March 2010.
Bahari later claimed that Press TV conducted and filmed the interview in prison without his consent and in circumstances in which it should have been aware that his participation was under duress.
PressTV denied Bahari's claim while the Newsweek reporter did not dispute the truth and accuracy of the extract of the interview with him which it broadcasted.
But that was not the end of the story.
According to the reports during the last few days the London based Press TV limited and the presenters employed by the British company are being contacted by some journalists asking about an upcoming British Office of Communications (Ofcom) ruling on PressTV channel related to Maziar Bahari.
It is speculated that Ofcom has upheld Bahari's complaint of unfair treatment and unwarranted infringement of privacy in the making and broadcasting of the above mentioned Press TV program.
Upon contact with PressTV channel officials , they have reiterated that they will provide us with a Press release and more details about the case very soon .