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News site sorry for report

STAFF WRITER

Online news site ETToday has posted an apology for a story last week about the president's son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中).

On July 21, ETToday posted an article entitled "Media reports that Chen is cohabitating with his girlfriend in the US."

ETToday later said the headline had been a misprint and said an apology would be posted online for three consecutive days.

The apology first appeared on Tuesday night.

The article was about Chen's pursuit of study in California, where the Taiwanese paparazzi managed to get shots of Chen and his girlfriend hanging out on and off campus at University of California, Berkeley.

A specific statement that appeared in the story published by ETToday which the newspaper is apologizing for is "Chen Chih-chung, the son of the president, who has headed for UC Berkeley to advance his studies, was reported to be living together with his girlfriend Huang Rui-jing (黃睿靚), and the secret service has been ensuring [Chen's] safety."

A Chinese-language newspaper reported yesterday that an ETToday executive had said that as soon as the management found out about the report, the story was removed.

The executive also stated that as in a court case concerning an individual's reputation, the verdict normally rules that the losing party must post an apology notice in a newspaper for three consecutive days, which is how the ETToday sought to resolve the issue.

According to the report, both the first lady and Huang's family were displeased about cohabitation allegation.

As a result, the president of the Eastern Multimedia Group (EMG), which owns ETToday, Gary Wang (王令麟), posted an apology notice.

It was also reported that the reporter who wrote the story received a severe penalty and that the Presidential Office has not expressed any intention of filing a lawsuit against ETToday over the report.

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