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Air Zimbabwe sues CNN and Chicago Tribune over negative press coverage.


Cable Network News (CNN) and the Chicago Tribune, are apparently being sued by Air Zimbabwe over articles run in October 1999 that portrayed an unfavourable image of the airline.

One story was written by a Chicago Tribune travel writer who later apologised and admitted that some of the incidences described in her `first hand` experience of an Air Zimbabwe flight were in fact hearsay. CNN apparently also ran a story in the same month relating to the crash of the EgyptAir aircraft that stated Air Zimbabwe had a 12 in 100 chance of being involved in a fatal accident - implying that it was the most dangerous carrier in the world.

A spokesperson for Air Zimbabwe indicated that the carrier has now compiled all the information necessary to launch a legal case against the two news services and is waiting to hear from lawyers as to what course of action would be taken and `which courts the case will be taken to` according to the Zimbabwe Independent. The airline spokesperson also indicated that Air Zimbabwe had `lost some business as a result of the stories.`

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Date:Jan 4, 2000
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