Reuters has officially regretted its stories on Mymensingh cinema bombings in December.
"Reuters is sorry that this unfortunate incident occurred," the news agency said in a letter signed by William Sposato, the Editor for South Asia.
Sposato met the home minister at his office at 11:00am yesterday and handed over the letter to him.After this meeting it is assumed that the matter has ended.
It may be mentioned that Reuters quoted Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury as telling its local stringer on telephone that the blasts could be the work of al-Qaeda militants. The home minister challenged the report the following day, saying that he had no conversation with any journalist on that issue.
Primary investigation revealed that the Reuters stringer, Enamul Huq Choudhury neither spoke to the minister nor did he know the minister's telephone numbers. The stringer later admitted that he spoke to one of his journalist colleagues whom he mistook as the home minister. Reuters withdrew the story following the investigation.
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