PNA 'regrets' posting misleading news reports

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — The Philippine News Agency (PNA) has released a statement acknowledging it recently published misleading news reports.

"The Philippine News Agency has recently been the subject of much criticism," PNA said in a statement on Tuesday.

On May 27, the PNA published "Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi," accompanied by a photo of a soldier — which was found out to be a picture taken during the Vietnam War.

The PNA said they became aware of the photo, which was sourced from Wikimedia Commons, on Monday (May 29) and immediately took it down "but not before it was shared by our readers and subscribers."

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On May 15 a story titled "95 states convinced there are no EJKs in PHL" was published on PNA website.

On May 19, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) tweeted, "To our best knowledge, 95 states were not "convinced that EJK is non-existent".


The PNA report also had inaccuracies in some statements attributed to Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing.

Of this incident, the PNA said, "As soon as we learned of the error, we held the May 15 report and interviewed Asec. Densing so we could issue an accurate report thus, the story titled, 'PHL's human rights situation commended at UPR.'"

The PNA said it was not their policy to "tolerate erroneous reports" and neither did they intend to "sow misinformation" nor share "fake news."

"We regret that these mistakes have cast doubt on our integrity as a news agency," PNA said.

Read the full statement here.