Corbyn smear over Iranian Green Movement as baseless as the rest

The latest attempt among the ‘MSM’ – and a certain right-wing trash site – to paint Jeremy Corbyn as lying to the BBC’s Andrew Marr centres around a comment he made to Marr that he stopped appearing on Iranian English-language station Press TV after the way Iranian authorities treated the ‘Green Movement’.

Corbyn told Marr:

I ceased to do any programmes when they treated the Green Movement the way that they did

The right-wing site claimed:

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Various journalists and others have claimed that, as Corbyn’s last appearance on Press TV was in 2011, this means that he lied.

However, while the Iranian ‘Green Movement’ began in 2009 and was involved in protests after that year’s presidential election, the Iranian government’s repression of the movement extended into the 2011-12 protests.

Which fits perfectly with Corbyn’s statement to Marr that he stopped appearing “when they treated the Green Movement the way that they did“.

It appears that those still pushing the line that Corbyn was not telling the truth to Marr have taken a date first mentioned by a right-wing trash – a site with a long track record of anti-Corbyn nonsense – and treated it as definitive.

A quick check of the facts means that Corbyn’s comment makes perfect – truthful – sense.

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Edit: an early draft of this article was originally published in error that contained reference to 2009 dates. This has been corrected.


    1. There doesn’t appear to be definitive list, but an appearance has been found that seems to date from 2011

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