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Media behaviour note on Iranian TV coverage of pro-Palestinian rallies 5 Oct 07

BBC Monitoring

The following is a media behaviour note on the coverage of the pro-Palestinian rallies by the Iranian TV's first national TV network on 5 October.

The last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan has been designated by the late leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeyni, as an international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The station's 40-minute news bulletin at 1030 gmt was almost entirely devoted to today's rallies:

1030-1042 The channel opened the bulletin with aerial shots of Tehran streets thronged with thousands of demonstrators

1042-1048 Separate video reports on rallies in most of Iran's provinces

1048-1051 International reports opening with a live link from Jerusalem on Al-Quds Day rallies there and how Israeli troops are preventing demonstrators from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque

1051-1100 Video report on rallies in major cities and resolutions issued by the demonstrators at the! end of their rallies linking Al-Quds Day rallies with the country's nuclear issue

1100-1103 Video report on President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad's speech earlier this morning with video actuality of the speech

1103-1106 Video report on Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani's Friday prayer sermons in Tehran with video actuality of the sermons

1106-1107 Video compilation of the rallies showing Ahmadinezhad among the demonstrators

1107-1110 Report on Ramadan vigils last night and latest Iraq-related reports

Video of Tehran rallies:

Aerial shots show many streets of the capital Tehran full of thousands and thousands of people chanting slogans in support of the Palestinian people. Newsreader says: "This is the cry of a nation who has come out to show its support for the oppressed people of Palestine". Demonstrators are shown carrying a very large Palestinian flag over their heads and a large banner showing the picture of Shaykh Has! an Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah, an Israeli flag wi th a spider's web superimposed on it. Various clips show similar demonstrations in Mashhad, Ahvaz and other cities. People, young and old, men and women and children are shown among the demonstrators. Many are wearing Palestinian scarves and carrying placards which say: "Down with America" and "Down with Israel" in Persian, Arabic and English. A video clip shows President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad among the crowd. Newsreader says "the Iranian nation has shown that threats against it are not effective". Majlis Speaker Haddad-Adel, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Hashemi-Shahrudi and Iran's Olympic champion weight lifter Rezazadeh are shown among the demonstrators.

A correspondent's video report is filed on board a helicopter with more aerial shots of Tehran rallies. A female correspondent files a report which includes brief interviews with members of the public. Many people are wearing yellow paper caps with Hezbollah written on them. They urge the Palestinians to keep up t! heir struggle against Israel. Demonstrators chant: "Palestine is victorious, Israel is doomed to failure".

Brief interviews are also shown with the Majlis Speaker and the Judiciary chief while they are walking among the ralliers. A group of young men are shown wearing white shrouds and leading the demonstrators. A very young boy says that he has joined the rallies to show his support for the people of Palestine and to say no to Israel.

A live link with Jerusalem is unsuccessful.

Provincial reports and nuclear issue:

A series of video reports show similar demonstrations in many major cities and provinces including: Mashhad, Tabriz, Yazd, Ilam, Shahr-e Kord, Rasht, Semnan, Qom, Sari, Zanjan, Bushehr, Lorestan, Yasuj, Southern Khorasan, Northern Khorasan, Shiraz, Hamedan, Ardabil, Esfahan, West Azarbayjan, Bandar Abbas, Qazvin, Kerman, Kish Island, Sanandaj, Ahvaz, Abadan, Zahedan and Golestan. Many provincial reports s! how helicopter shots of the streets filled with demonstrators. Some de monstrators are shown carrying banners in support of the country's nuclear technology. Many clerics are shown among the ralliers in Qom. Members of the armed forces wearing their full military uniforms can be seen among the demonstrators in many cities.

Live video report from Jerusalem:

The live link which had failed earlier is successfully established. A report in Arabic is broadcast with a correspondent's voice-over translation saying that Israeli troops are preventing demonstrators from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Distant shots of people in streets of Jerusalem and in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa mosque are shown. The newsreader says Israeli troops are stopping young people from going to parts of Jerusalem and only men who are over 50 and women who are over 40 are allowed to attend the prayers.


Many resolutions are read by demonstrators in various major! cities at the end of the rallies.

Many demonstrators are shown carrying pictures of the late Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeyni, and the current spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i. Some of the resolutions link today's rallies with statements in support of the country's nuclear energy. Many resolutions call for a Palestinian referendum so that Muslims, Christians and Jews could choose their own government. One of the resolutions thanks Ahmadinezhad for his "valiant defence" of Iran's rights to benefit from nuclear energy in a recent speech in New York.

Ahmadinezhad's speech today:

A video report is about Ahmadinezhad's speech earlier today and the actuality of his speech is broadcast.

Rafsanjani's sermons:

A video report shows today's Tehran Friday prayers together with actuality of Rafsanjani's sermons.

Foreign news and other reports:

The news bulletin ends with a report on Ramadan vigils last night and the latest Iraq-related developments.

A report cites CNN and mentions that the US Army has said that a US marine who was involved in the killing of 24 civilians in Iraq will not be prosecuted. Another report says that America and Israel are two main countries who have used cluster bombs extensively. A session in Belgrade on the use of cluster bombs is mentioned and the newsreader says that Israel used these bombs in its latest attack on Lebanon.

Source: Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 1, Tehran, in Persian 1030 gmt 5 Oct 07



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