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Emirates Evening Post editor quits after "banning row"

Emirates Evening Post editor Bikram Vohra has quit the fledgling afternoon newspaper after a row with its owner on imposing work bans.

Emirates Evening Post editor Bikram Vohra has quit the fledgling afternoon newspaper after a row with its owner on imposing work bans.

Vohra, 56, claims his decision to walk out on the paper he launched in February this year came when a sub-editor and designer were given six month work bans by the Evening Post’s publishers, Press Centre & Art Productions, despite public statements from him that no staff would face bans if they left.

Vohra said: “I had done interviews in print and on radio saying that we would be a newspaper that didn’t ban journalists, we would be a journalists newspaper. It worked for four months.

“Two journalists were banned, so I decided if I couldn’t keep my word I’m walking out, however pompous that sounds.

“If editors say these things, we must stand by them. I committed myself that journalists would not get a six month ban, they would be free to come and go, I couldn’t deliver.”

He said that the newspaper's owner refused to provide letters of no objection for the two staff that left, effectively making it impossible for them to work elsewhere for six months.

The Evening Post, which has a small staff of 28, is the region’s first afternoon daily newspaper, but has come under fire for its brash broadsheet design and poor distribution.

Vohra has worked in senior positions at all of the UAE’s English language newspapers, as well as writing on aviation.

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