The Jakarta Post sorry for jumping the gun over execution story

The Jakarta Post newspaper apologised on Friday after it ran a front-page story erroneously declaring that 14 drug convicts had been executed.

Authorities executed four convicted drug traffickers just after midnight Friday, after the attorney general’s office said 14 death-row inmates would be put to death.

The English-language Jakarta Post said the paper had been printed before it learned that only four convicts, not 14, were shot by firing squad.

The story was accompanied by a photo showing a sister of Pakistani drug convict Zulfikar Ali, who was among the 10 spared, weeping while holding his portrait.

“The failure to do the verification before running the story is completely unprofessional and a serious violation of the main principles of good journalism,” the Post’s chief editor Endy Bayuni said.

“The Jakarta Post sincerely apologizes to all our readers, particularly to all those affected by the story, for this major failure,” he said.

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