Wednesday, September 7, 2016

UK: Corbyn defends £20,000 payment for Iranian TV appearances

Press TV is an antisemitic channel.  Corbyn thinks they raise "human rights issues".

Via Times of Israel:
Controversial British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday defended receiving £20,000 ($26,285) for a series of appearances on Iranian TV.

Corbyn told a Pink News Q&A on Wednesday that the payment for five appearances on Iranian state TV between 2009 and 2012 — revealed in the UK parliament’s register of members’ financial interests — was “not an enormous amount.”

Challenged over his Press TV appearances in light of Iran’s policy on the LGBT community — homosexuality is a crime punishable by prison, corporal punishment and execution in the country — Corbyn said the appearances enabled him to “raise a number of human rights issues.”

“I presented other programs in which I was able to raise a number of human rights issues, not just in Iran but other countries as well – and the money I was paid, which wasn’t an enormous amount actually, went on my constituency office,” he said.

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