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In connection with a proposed settlement before the Iranian Tehran Province Criminal Court of a proceeding against Reuters Bureau Chief Parisa Hafezi, Reuters has issued the following statement.
Reuters again expresses, as it has in prior statements and in evidence presented to the Court, its regret for the error made in the television script for our report distributed on February 18, 2012 about the Budekan Ninja Club.
The error was a product of mistakes by our producer in Tehran, who no longer works for Reuters. We have taken steps in adjusting our internal processes to avoid making such errors again.
Reuters also wishes again to make clear that Ms. Hafezi, who is the sole defendant in the proceedings before the Court, had no role in or responsibility for the production of this script or the accompanying video.
As stated to the Court, as well as in prior correspondence to the Government, Reuters again unreservedly extends its apologies to the members of the Ninja Club and its officials, and the leadership, Government and people of Iran, for the original television script’s implication that there was anything threatening or aggressive in the Budekan Ninja Club’s training or intentions for its members.
Reuters has never believed that the Ninja Club or its leaders or members represent any such threat.