News Americas says Cabrits Resort developer arrest story was ‘sponsored’

Asaria has provided this photo showing he is in Geneva

News Americas Now Network, one of the major websites which reported that the developer of Cabrits Resort in Portsmouth was arrested in China, has issued an apology on the matter and said the report was sponsored.

Last weekend the network reported that Mohammed Asaria, who is also the head of Range Development, was arrested and detained in China on suspicion of illegal fundraising.

However, Range Development quickly rubbished the story and provided photographic evidence that Asaria was actually in Geneva and not in a Chinese jail. The company then promised to pursue “the highest possible damages” in court.

News Americas has now issued an apology and said the article “was a sponsored one from an advertiser that should have appeared with a headline ‘Sponsored Content’ or PR News and not as ‘Breaking News.’”

“Unfortunately, this did not happen because of an editorial misstep on our part and for this, we apologize sincerely and for the damage, this may have caused to Mr. Asaria and Range Developments,” the news organization said in its apology.

The full apology is below.

News Americas wishes to apologize to St. Kitts & Nevis real estate Investor, Mohammed Asaria and Head of Range Developments, an investment and hospitality company, for running a sponsored Native Content Story as news on Monday, June 4, 2018 under the headline: ‘Caribbean Real Estate Investor Detained In China On Suspicion Of Financial Wrongdoing.’

The article was a sponsored one from an advertiser that should have appeared with a headline ‘Sponsored Content’ or PR News and not as ‘Breaking News.’

Unfortunately, this did not happen because of an editorial misstep on our part and for this we apologize sincerely and for the damage this may have caused to Mr. Asaria and Range Developments.

We have since removed this article from across our syndicated network.

News Americas prides itself on its fair and accurate news coverage but has no hesitation in acknowledging when it has erred. This is one of those very rare moments and for that, we also apologize to our dear readers who have come to rely on our news source.

Our sincerest apologies.

The Management & Staff of News Americas Now Network.

In response, Asaria said the matter is an attempt to defame him.

“This was a clear attempt to smear and defame my name and the reputation of Range Developments. We shall be sparing no efforts to find whoever is behind this despicable action and bring them to justice. Legal counsel has been engaged in four jurisdictions and is preparing for a lawsuit,” he said.

News784.com, a news company in St. Vincent, which also published the story has apologized to Asaria.

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8 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    June 6, 2018

    what type of news network prints news thats not verified! is a gossip and lies network not a news network!

  2. Ras
    June 6, 2018

    DNO, your readers may be interested in a retraction and apology offered by another online news outlet – mnialive.com. It is so obvious that we need to be suspicious of those media outlets which rush to print stories that can be so easily proven fake news. The excuse proffered by News Americas Now is laughable to say the least. How unprofessional!

  3. weekendz
    June 6, 2018

    Good for them start it start. No one should be able to slander people worldwide with the internet that can spread faster than a deadly disease. Put yourself in the person shoes first.

  4. MET BONDA YO
    June 6, 2018

    What about Matt? Is he going to apologize too?

  5. Ibo France
    June 6, 2018

    In these times of falsehoods, one has to double, triple and quadruple check their sources of information. When the damage is done to an innocent person’s reputation or character, no amount of money can rectify it. It’s a most vicious and mendacious world out there. Too many people get superlative pleasure from assassinating the character of innocent people for selfish reasons and despicable intentions.
    I like DNO for they get it right 99.9999% of the time. Big Up to DNO’s Admin.!

    • Barbara Saunders
      June 13, 2018

      Ibo France
      It is so good to see your post. I have been cursed out and called names and given thumbs down so many times for saying the same thing.

      Perhaps you should now reflect on the possibility that many of the stories told in Dominica and elsewhere which formed your opinion about some Dominicans may also have been flawed.

      Just what you are advising here is what all intelligent people should do and should have been doing. We cannot simply jump on a bandwagon and damage people’s reputations without doing some intelligent analysis of the stories being told.

      Now how can the damage to the gentleman be repaired? Who will determine that the same people who read the original story will read the apology or even accept it?

  6. Illegit Skerrit
    June 6, 2018

    he should have been either way. Dominica is not a zoo, something colonizers love to build.

    • Expat
      June 6, 2018

      Now you are upset that the story is not true. Go figure.

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