Bermuda Government Kills Advertising Contract With A Newspaper That Won’t Keep Quiet
The Bermuda Government has axed subscriptions and advertising contracts with The Royal Gazette – a newspaper that describes itself in this way…
“The Royal Gazette aims to cover the whole community fairly and accurately ands to act as an independent voice. It is not affiliated with any political party.”
Apparently Premier Ewart Brown and his crones consider The Royal Gazette to have been acting a little too independently and they are now seeking through financial extortion of the island’s only daily newspaper - to control the news that citizens read.
We on Barbados can sympathize with the Bermudians as our news media was under the same extortion for years of BLP government. Whether things will change significantly with the new David Thompson DLP government remains to be seen.
Further Reading at The Royal Gazette
March 26, 2008 – Government Axes Its Royal Gazette Deals
March 27, 2008 – Government will use electronic media after axing Royal Gazette deals
March 28, 2008 – Premier: “Learn To Live With That”
March 29, 2008 – Free Media Is Important
Further Reading At BFP