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Arabic daily closes after publishing inaccurate story

Author : | Published: Monday, July 25, 2016

Al-Watan Arabic daily has suspended its publication after publishing an inaccurate story about the coming of foreign forces.

The editor in chief, Michael Christopher, was arrested over the weekend after publishing an article, which said the regional troops were to be received on 25 July by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomoro.

The deputy editor in chief, Feisal Al-Kuri, says authorities asked them to suspend their publication indefinitely until the matter is resolved.

“The board of directors has taken its decision and we as the editorial board are yet to meet to assess the situation,” Mr Al-Kuri said.

The chairman of the broad of directors for newspaper says Mr Christopher, who is still in detention, has been sacked and replaced with Bol Deng Mayen.

The paper also held a press conference yesterday and apologized to the minister of information and the general public over what they called incorrect information.

Mr. Kuri has call on the authorities to release Michael Christopher, who is still in detention.

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