My Stolen Face

Friday, June 07, 2013


In the summer of 2009, Neda Agha-Soltan became the face of the Iranian Green Revolution after her tragic death by gunshot was caught on cell phone camera and uploaded online for the whole world to see. The international media rushed to put a face to the victim--but the face they used was that of another Iranian woman by the name of Neda Soltani, who was still very much alive. In a piece that originally aired in November of last year, Brooke speaks to Neda Soltani, author of My Stolen Face: The Story of a Dramatic Mistake.


Neda Soltani

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [4]

Robert from New York City

I agree with Seamus that response from CNN was not necessary in this case. However it would be fascinating to see what sort of reply CNN could possibly concoct to explain its outrageous sloppiness.

Jun. 09 2013 12:47 PM
Seamus Riley

f.p. from nyc, I think Soltani already covered her taking the media to task about continued abuse and misrepresentation in the interview. Given that this story is 3 years old, the interview is more of an aftermath rather than an investigative piece about something we're all watching closely now. Brooke's given me lots of reasons to criticize some of her stories, but not this one. Excellent piece, Brooke.

Jun. 09 2013 06:58 AM
f.p. Telsei from nyc

Isn't it the responsibility of a progam called "On the Media" to go back to the media -- in this case, CNN -- to seek a response when it is accused of disregarding the facts?

Jun. 08 2013 10:47 AM
Robert from New York City

In a way, this absolves elements of the media ... notably the utterly clueless CNN ... that are excoriated for alleged bias whenever they get their stories wrong. This woman's story isn't a sign of bias ... but of sheer stupidity, What could the people she encountered at CNN (and VoA) possibly have been thinking ... assuming their brain waves were working at all??? One can't help wondering whether these idiots were the young kids who have been placed in important positions in places like CNN and other organizations in place of the experienced people those organizations have been dumping on the street. A professional journalist who cares about the facts would never behave as these CNN people did!

Jun. 08 2013 08:01 AM

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