Thursday 18 October, 2018

Grieving relatives demand apology from newspaper

Relatives of Rollins Joshua and Akeeda Joshua are demanding an apology from a daily newspaper after it inaccurately reported that both siblings died from heart attacks.

The family claims that the siblings died a week apart from natural causes.

In a statement on Saturday, the Joshua family said it was appalled by the decision of the newspaper to publish an article about the untimely deaths of their relatives, without contacting them.

Describing the article as a tabloid piece, the family said it did not see the news value in the story.

“We do not see the news value in the story “Brother, sister die of heart attacks, a week apart.” Rollins and Akeeda died of natural causes and did not both die of heart attacks, and it’s unfortunate that they died close together,” the Joshua family said.

The grieving family further added that there was no attempt by the reporter to get information from family members regarding the deaths of the siblings.

The family said they contacted the newspaper and spoke with an administrative supervisor.

It added that an individual contacted the family and identified themselves as the journalist who wrote the article. 

The family claims that instead of apologizing for not contacting the family first to get accurate information on Rollins’ and Akeeda’s passing, the journalist insisted that they correct the misinformation written and published, before ending the call prematurely. 

The relatives are therefore demanding a full apology from the newspaper.

The newspaper has since updated the story.



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