AN Iran state TV host sensationally quit her job after admitting to "telling lies for 13 years" as civil unrest grows.
In a since deleted Instagram post, Gelare Jabbari wrote: “It was very hard for me to believe that our people have been killed."
"Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies," she added, according to The Guardian.
The news comes after Iranian officials finally admitted their military shot down a Ukrainian plane last week, killing 176 people.
The tragic incident sparked widespread protests in Tehren and even led the arrest of the British ambassador.
Two more anchors at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting have since announced their resignations in a shocking turn of events.
“Thank you for accepting me as anchor until today," said Zahra Khatami. "I will never get back to TV. Forgive me.”
Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.
Her fellow anchor Saba Rad declared she was leaving radio and TV after 21 years because she "cannot continue my work in the media. I cannot.”
The reporters' explosive statements come after state officials confirmed the Ukrainian jetliner 752 was shot down by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp after repeatedly denying responsibility.
Reports indicate news agencies associated with the tyrannous regime are now reporting on the protests and acknowledging a cover up.
The Association of Iranian Journalists said the country was observing “a funeral for public trust” in a statement.
They said: "We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves; and Islamic Republic of Iran state television employees acknowledge that their credibility has been lost.
"Unaware that the credibility of this media and most of the domestic media had long since vanished."
The mass resignations come as Iranians again took to the streets in anti-government protests yesterday.
Many want government officials ousted for lying about the passenger plane they shot down as a result of an alleged misfire.
Vigils for Iranian lives lost in Tuesday's fatal crash turned angry as protesters hit out at the military blunder.
The British Ambassador Rob Macaire, 53, was arrested for supposedly "inciting" mass protrests in Tehran when he was actually attending a vigil.
Macaire was paying his respects to the crash victims when he was arrested in a "flagrant violation of international law," said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Diplomatic immunity means certain government officials – like ambassadors – aren't subject to the jurisdiction of local courts and other authorities.
Locals had clashed with riot police as they stormed the streets of Tehran chanting "death to liars" and demanding the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei resigns.
Riot cops flooded in with tear gas as they tried to break up the large groups outside Amirkabir University, who demanded justice last week.
The attacks followed the killing of Quds Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike, escalating the already fraught tensions between both countries.
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