The centrist Iranian daily Entekhab Monday accused United Arab Emirates television of launching an anti-Iranian propaganda campaign "under the direct influence of the Iraqi secret services."
The paper attacked UAE television for "its substantial coverage" from Baghdad of the activities of the People's Mujahedeen, the main armed opposition to the Islamic regime in Iran.
"While the Mujahedeen are recognized as terrorists around the world, UAE television gives them extensive media coverage," the paper said.
Entekhab said "not only have the UAE leaders not taken any steps towards better relations with Iran, they have poisoned bilateral relations by openly supporting the Mujahedeen."
The paper also accused the UAE television bureau chief in Baghdad of being behind the anti-Iranian propaganda and the coverage of Mujahedeen activities, saying that the Baghdad bureau of the channel "is infiltrated by the Iraqi intelligence services."
The paper said "the infiltration of the UAE television bureau by Iraqi agents" results "from the weakness of the leaders of this small country, some of whom seem opposed to good relations" between the two countries.
The daily called on the Iranian foreign ministry to react to this anti-Iranian propaganda campaign - TEHRAN (AFP)
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