The British Newspaper the Telegraph has issued an apology over the memoir, In Congo’s Shadow by Scottish actress Louise Linton, and taken down the excerpt, which was published this month.
According to a statement by the Telegraph published on their website, Linton has pulled the book from Amazon where it was self-published earlier this year.
Below is the full apology
“How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a nightmare” (July 1, 2016), by Louise Linton, based on her book In Congo’s Shadow, drew a number of complaints from Telegraph readers that the article mistakenly implied that the conflicts in Congo and Rwanda had spilled over into Zambia, that Zambia was a war-torn country in 1999 and that armed rebels had crossed Lake Tanganyika to Zambia that year. Other claims of inaccuracy were also made.
In the light of the concerns raised by readers, the Telegraph has withdrawn the article from its website and apologises for any misleading impression that may have been given. The author also announced that she had agreed to remove the book from sale and give the profits to charity, and issued an apology for the offence caused.