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  • KickStartVibrator KickStartVibrator Jul 3, 1998 7:45 AM Flag

    Here are the articles...

    Its 280 kb of the enquirer articles... too much
    to fit here in fact...

    so instead here is the
    link
    -
    http://members.xoom.com/elmsford/chiquita.txt


    At the end of these stories you will find the denial
    press release from CQB and Enquirer's response... I
    reprint it here to make the point that the publisher was
    certainly supportive of the story and the reporter in the
    beginning, saying 'The Enquirer stands by its stories. We
    are proud of them.'


    "The following
    statement was issued Monday by Chiquita
    Brands
    International:

    Yesterday, Chiquita denied the highly
    inaccurate account in the May
    3 Cincinnati Enquirer
    regarding the Company's business practices. In
    so doing,
    the Enquirer virtually ignored Chiquita's record
    of
    providing among the most competitive wages and benefits of
    any major
    employer in Latin America, of being a
    major engine of progress,
    building roads, schools
    and hospitals and, and of being singled out
    for
    praise by independent environmental groups for its
    progressive
    policies.

    The Enquirer based its article on
    selective, out of context voice
    mail messages that were
    stolen from private voice mail boxes of
    Chiquita
    employees.

    Steven G. Warshaw, Chiquita's President
    and Chief Operating Officer,
    said: 'We at Chiquita
    are shocked by the Enquirer's admission that
    it
    obtained more than 2,000 messages containing
    confidential,
    privileged and proprietary information that was stolen from
    the
    private voice mail boxes of Chiquita employees. This
    behavior
    raises serious moral and legal questions. We doubt that
    any citizen
    of Cincinnati is comfortable with a
    newspaper thinking it
    appropriate to obtain stolen
    private voice mail messages, much less
    selectively and
    inaccurately publishing them. Newspapers are
    supposed to
    guard against Big Brother, not be Big Brother.'


    Enquirer responds

    In response, Enquirer President
    and Publisher Harry M. Whipple
    issued the
    following:

    As explained in Sunday's package of
    stories, The Enquirer's
    investigation into Chiquita's
    business practices was supported by
    multiple sources
    inside and outside the company, and by
    extensive
    documentation.

    The documentation includes the
    executives' own words contained in
    copies of taped
    voice-mail messages. Copies of these tapes were
    provided
    to Enquirer reporters by a high-ranking Chiquita
    executive,
    who was one of several with authority over the
    company's voice-mail
    system. These voice-mail messages
    were essentially internal
    memoranda.

    The
    source, who requested confidentiality for fear of
    retribution,
    also provided the same tapes to the Securities and
    Exchange
    Commission, which has launched its own investigation.


    The Enquirer stands by its stories. We are proud of
    them. "

 
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