Alamudin strikes back at the Fortune
Bad news for the paper that claims to be the largest English weekly in the nation.Fortune isn’t going to darken the doors of Sheraton Addis for an indefinite time.
The popular private weekly made a strategic error by allegedly getting itself on the wrong side of the tycoon, Sheik Alamudin.
According to ABBI Weekly, the Sheraton Addis closed its door on the 300 copies that once made thier way every week.Worse,the paper might risk losing the fat money it gets from Sheraton commericials.
ABBI on its Amharic column of yesterday’s edition reported that it was perhaps an article on Beyonce that angered Alamudin, the man the private papers go great length to please.Two articles articles written by the paper’s columnists’ on the October 28 edition weren’t very flattering, but not negative either.
But a letter written to the editor this week entiled “Robbed at the Beyonce experience” must have got up the Shiek’s nose.In it, a certain Vahe Tilnian complained about the alleged “mass robbery” in the Millennium Concert Hall that night.She claimed to have seen several mobile phones stolen, including wallets, reading glasses, watches, belts, necklace, braceltes and pursue.
What made the case interesting is what seemed to have angered the people at Sheraton is the opinion written by a reader who needless to say have every right to forward views of their own.Had it been the editorial, the decision might have been justifiable.
But who could have imagined publishing a rant from an angry reader would land a paper that is close to the goverment into trouble?