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Antigua: Judge orders online media houses to issue apology


(Antigua Observer) A High Court judge in the high-profile case relating to the popular online media platforms, Antigua News Room (ANR) and Antigua Breaking News (ABN), has ordered the entities to issue an apology to the court regarding sensitive information published on their websites.

The two organisations were subpoenaed to appear in the High Court to answer a contempt of court charge last month, after being accused of publishing “privileged information” on the Mikhail Gomes murder case, in violation of a court gag order.

Justice Colin Williams was said to have barred all news media from publishing details relating to a closed hearing where Mikhail Gomes is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Vincia James in 2018.

A representative for Antigua News Room—an administrative assistant—attended court yesterday to hear the judge’s ruling, however no representative was present for Antigua Breaking News.

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