Wall Street Journal denies accusations about Iran reporter

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Posted: Aug 19, 2015 6:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wall Street Journal is rejecting as absurd accusations in Iranian state media that one of the newspaper's reporters conspired against the government of Iran.

Iranian newspapers and other outlets recently have asserted that reporter Farnaz Fassihi acted as a secret link between the U.S. government and opposition protesters in Iran.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal called the accusations against her "completely false, outlandish and irresponsible." Fassihi is now in the United States.

It's the second time in the last year that Iran has impugned a U.S. newspaper correspondent. The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, was imprisoned in Iran last year on espionage and other charges. The newspaper, the U.S. government and many journalism organizations have denounced the case and called for his release.