by Penka Arsova
The New York Times came under fire on social media over a report that critics say parrots Iranian talking points about the country’s nuclear efforts.
The report focused on the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist who was in charge of the county’s secretive nuclear weapons program that ended in the early 2000s. Fakhrizadeh was killed on Friday, according to local media, on his way to visit his in-laws. The perpetrators are believed to have detonated explosives placed near the road and then opened fire at Fakhrizadeh’s car. Several of his bodyguards were injured in the attack and some of them died from their wounds.
In reporting that many Iranian officials blame Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s death, the Times wrote that they “have always maintained that their nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes, not weapons.”