A year ago on Wednesday (16/1), Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi abandoned his throne and fled Iran, to begin a long search for a permanent home.
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Armed man standing in snow-covered street in Teheran, with posters on walls (2 shots)
SCU ZOOM OUT TO GV Civilians looking at posters and then setting them alight
SV Poster reading "American, W. German and British reporters must be deport" (sic)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Poster of Ayatollah Khomeini hanging in street, with cars driving past
SV Student setting fire to effigy of former Shah of Iran (3 shots)
SV Burnt remains of Shah effigy taken down, kicked and thrown into fire by demonstrators
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Background: A year ago on Wednesday (16/1), Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi abandoned his throne and fled Iran, to begin a long search for a permanent home. Groups of Iranians celebrated the anniversary in Teheran by burning effigies of the Shah and pictures of his family.
SYNOPSIS: Corresponding with the anniversary of the Shah's departure from Iran has been the expulsion by the Iranian government of all correspondents working for united States news organisations. The Iranian ministry of National Guidance ordered all American correspondents in Teheran to stop their activities by midnight on Tuesday (15 January), and to leave the country by midnight on Friday (18 January).
United States news organisations said that the expulsion of their correspondents from Teheran would damage coverage of the crisis between the United States and Iran. Reuters quotes a senior Iranian government source, who said that Iran believed the journalists were unable to see beyond the plight of the hostages held for the past ten weeks in the United States embassy in Teheran.
It was the Carter administration's readiness to allow the Shah of Iran into New York for medical treatment that outraged Moslem militants in Iran, and led to the seizing of the United States embassy and the taking of hostages. The former monarch had originally gone to Egypt after leaving Iran, and from there he moved to Morocco and the Bahamas. In June last year, he arrived in Mexico to take up residence in Acapulco.
The Shah left the United States from Panama in December last year, but the hostages in Teheran remained captive. Foreign officials in Teheran say the Iranian government will make a formal request for extradition.