Parisa Hafezi

Parisa Hafezi, the head of the Reuters office in Iran, was summoned to court over the news agency’s controversial report about a group of martial artists in Iran.

ISNA reports that Hafezi was summoned over the video report about Iranian female martial artists, which described the women as “ninja assassins.”

The report, which Reuters posted last month, accused Iran of “training assassins.”

Some of the women shown in the report filed a suit against Reuters, and the Ministry of Culture shut down the Reuters office in Iran.

Later, Culture and Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseiny announced that Reuters has apologized for the report, which has been withdrawn, and requested permission to resume its activities in Iran.

The ministry announced, however, that any decision to reopen the Reuters office rests on the outcome of the suit filed against Reuters.