October 29, 2016
ISLAMABAD: The Dawn leak story about a national security meeting refuses to die down as journalists, including Cyril Almeida, are confronting each other on social media.
Sami Ibrahim (pictured), an ARY News anchor, tweeted: “Reports of at least 8 calls on viber between Cyril almeida and Maryam Nawaz…” Almeida responded: “Well, this awkward. I don’t have Viber…”
Almeida, an assistant editor with Dawn, ran into problems after his October 6 story on civil-military tensions angered the government and the army. This prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directing that those responsible be identified for stern action.
Almeida’s report on American election on Saturday did not go unnoticed. Omar Quraishi, Editor Digital Properties Samaa, tweeted: “Doesn't Dawn have longstanding correspondents in the US -- the very able Masood Haider and Anwar Iqbal -- why send someone from Pak?”
When Almeida’s name was put on ECL after the publication of the story, he was planning to leave for Dubai on vacations.
When Sami was confronted by another journalist for “spreading lies”, he hinted that one of Cyril’s brothers “has 27 sims...he didn't have even cell phone under his name. He met more than 20 times with the lady.”
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