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Iranian TV mogul shot dead in Istanbul

2:41pm BST - 00:56

Owner and founder of Iran satellite TV Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul, private Dogan news agency reports. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company, Saeed Karimian, was shot dead in Istanbul on Saturday (29 April) Turkey's Dogan news agency reported on Sunday (April 30) that 45 year old's car was stopped by a Jeep and shots were fired. His associate who was with him was taken to hospital, but later died. It's not clear if there were multiple shooters, as the Jeep was later found abandoned and burned. The mayor of Istanbul's Sariyer district says initial police findings suggest the shooting may have prompted by a financial disagreement involving Karimian. GEM TV is known for entertainment satellite channels that dub foreign films and Western television programmes into Farsi for Iranians. But in Iran, where the government tries to instil Islamic values by strictly regulating popular culture, the satellite broadcaster's programming has angered authorities who view it as part of a cultural "soft war" waged by the West. Last year, Karimian was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran.

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Iranian TV mogul shot dead in Istanbul

2:41pm BST - 00:56