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Newspaper admits mistake over IOC chief signing Darfur letter
LONDON (AFP) - A newspaper admitted Thursday having mistakenly included Olympic chief Jacques Rogge's name in a list of signatories of a letter urging China to do more to end the conflict in Darfur. |
The Independent made the admission shortly after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) denied that Rogge had signed the appeal, as reported in the paper.
"It was an error that his signature was included," news editor Julian Coman told AFP, explaining that the IOC official's name was wrongly included in the list of signatories due to an editing error.
His name was included in the first edition of the newspaper, but withdrawn from subsequent editions.
The letter was originally released to international media in Britain on February 12 by the campaigning group Crisis Action, calling on China to pressure Khartoum on atrocities committed in Darfur, as attention turns to the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing.
At the time, the letter's 80 signatories included eight Nobel peace prize winners, several Olympians, politicians and celebrities, but not Rogge.
In the Independent, however Rogge's name appeared at the end of the list of signatories as: "Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee".
"It's completely false," Rogge's spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau told AFP earlier from the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.