WASHINGTON (CN) – Maryland-based East West Communications claims it paid the Washington Times $125,000 for news for East West’s Central Asia Newswire, and the Times breached contract by “sending only a single journalist to Astana, Kazakhstan and doing nothing further to meet its obligations.”
East West wants its money back, claiming the Times produced practically no news for it, and even “terminated its journalist in Central Asia, leaving the region no longer covered by the paper,” with no notice.
East West, based in Thurmont, claims it agreed to pay the Washington Times $500,000 for a year of news coverage of Central Asia.
It claims the Times was obligated “to assign at least three international journalists and a translator/office manager and use the services of at least four stringers, free-lance photographers and any additional needed staff to run an effective newsgathering organization to cover all of Central Asia, including but not limited to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.”
But the Times only sent one journalist to Kazakhstan, published none of the articles he submitted after mid-February, and “published only a few of this journalist’s analysis pieces in the paper’s commentary section.”
In its Superior Court complaint, East West says: “Its business activities include but are not limited to: facilitating international communications, organizing information-sharing events, promoting public relations, and collecting current information germane to news gathering organization.”
East West wants $125,000, costs and attorney’s fees.
It is represented by David Demiray of Gaithersburg.