한국의 MBC방송은 줄기 세포 연구의 개척자 황우석 박사 연구 논란과 관련해 강압적으로 정보를 입수했음을 시인했습니다.

MBC 텔레비전 방송은, 황우석 박사의 줄기 세포 연구가 조작된 것이라고 주장하는 내용의 제 2차 보도를 예정과 달리 방송하지 않을 것이라고 말했습니다.

노무현 대통령은 이번 사안과 관련된 논란은 이제 접어두어야 한다면서, 정부는 황우석 박사의 연구를 계속 후원할 것이라고 다짐했습니다.

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A South Korean broadcaster has admitted using coercion to obtain information critical of cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk. Seoul-based MBC television said it will not air as scheduled a report claiming that Mr. Hwang's breakthrough stem-cell research was fabricated. A decision on whether the report will be scrapped has not been announced.

President Roh Moo-Hyun says the matter should now be laid to rest, and he has pledged continued government support for Mr. Hwang's research. MBC became a target for angry public reaction when it broadcast an initial report two weeks ago that attacked Mr. Hwang, whose scientific advances have made him a national hero.

Criticism of the private network continued even after Mr. Hwang admitted the allegations were true -- that some of the egg cells used in his cloning experiments had been purchased, and that others had been obtained from members of his own research team.