FACT CHECK: Iran’s False Attack on France and Free Speech

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After the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran accused France’s government of insulting the Islamic Republic’s “religious sanctities” and violating international law. “Charlie Hebdo cartoons are not only an insult against religious sanctities of the Iranian nation, but they were an affront to the position of women in the society,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Nasser Kanani, said during a weekly press briefing on January 9. “We are sorry that this magazine is published in a country which claim[s] to be respecting the values and supporting the rights of others, but it fails to stand by the most obvious principles and bases that govern the international law.” The claim is false. France’s independent press is proof of its adherence to international law, given that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. https://www.polygraph.info/a/irans-false-attack-on-france-and-free-speech/6911129.html » Subscribe to VOA News: https://bit.ly/3KIPysi » Watch more VOA News video: https://www.youtube.com/c/VOANews Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. Connect with VOA News: » VISIT OUR WEBSITE: https://www.voanews.com/ » LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/voanews » FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/voanews/ » FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VOANews
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