HEAT Newspaper Features Barbados Free Press Staff Interview


The current issue of HEAT Weekly contains a major full page article about Barbados Free Press – complete with an interview of BFP's Senior Editor, Marcus Davidoff.

HEAT is Barbados' newest paper and has been turning heads in the media business with it's rapid growth and a superb ability to present compelling human interest stories and in-depth coverage of Bajan social and political concerns. The May 5-11, 2006 Issue (#22) features BFP in a full-colour page 4 article "Barbados Free Press Won't Be Muzzled".

HEAT publishes every Friday, so you will have 5 more days to grab your copy. Here is a sampling from the HEAT feature…

"As a result of our search engine status, and the number of foreign government and financial institution visitors to our website, we believe that the Barbados Free Press has a presence and influence totally out of proportion to what one would expect for a part-time blog website…"

"…We are all united in our love for Barbados and our belief that that knowledge, transparency and accountability are fundamental to a healthy democracy – and that our country lacks these qualities at present, or that they are in danger."

"…Still, we believe that Barbados and Bajans have so much unrealized potential. Our objective is to cause debate – real debate – and to shine a spotlight on those nasty secrets that keep us from achieving our full potential as citizens and as a country…"

BFP Editor Marcus Davidoff as interviewed by HEAT


HEAT is published by Heat Publications Ltd., Fontabelle, St. Michael, Barbados. Telephone 467-2082 – and is available in stores and newsstands throughout Barbados.

Pick up this week's HEAT (#22) and read the full article "Barbados Free Press Won't Be Muzzled"


Filed under Barbados, Island Life, Politics & Corruption

15 responses to “HEAT Newspaper Features Barbados Free Press Staff Interview

  1. ross

    WOW! Keep up the good work.

  2. auto453979

    Bravo! If it wasn’t for the HEAT article, I would’ve never heard about you guys.

    I’ve always felt that Barbadians needed a “free press” type outlet for expressing their true feelings and opinions on the going-ons in Barbados, but without the fear of being attacked and victimized. All that glitters is not gold!

    Viva la revolution!

  3. tash

    does the heat have an online version?

    by the way, I love BarbadosFreePress. I usually read you FIRST, then head to the Nation for the follow up! lol. You guys give me a very different spin on my idea of Barbados. You all are real eye-openers for the bajan public.

    Have you guys done a poll to see what kind of ppl(age, gender, location) read you all?

    keep it up!

  4. TJ Toner

    BarbadosFreePress rocks. I found you by Heat and I will read you everyday.

  5. Islandgirl

    BFP should write the nation an advocate newspapers. thing would be differnent than kissy kissy with politicos all de time. Marcus is you got a girl friend? lol

  6. BFP Supporter

    Thanks to the HEAT article I know of you guys. I was always of the opinion that we needed a free press. I am very impressed by the articles and more so the submissions by the public. BFP has now displaced my newspaper as the first thing I read on mornings. Keep up the good work

    All you guys need now is a section on Consumer Affairs, to address issues out there that affect us the consumers.

  7. BFP

    Thank you BFP Supporter…

    So do you want the job of “Consumer Affairs” writer? How about it? Just one little piece every weekend?

    Or… email Consumer Affairs tips to us and we will write the article – but you are in charge of research. We could really use your assistance.


    Marcus, Shona, Clive, Robert


  8. Michael Bowen

    Looking for 200 pound woman story. Page 40

  9. Um, you do realise that Heat is a subsidiary of the Barbados Advocate?

    Essentially, you let the leader of the France Resistance be interrogated and visually “made” by the Vichy (as in friends of Nazi – put it as whatever oppressive forces you all perceive)?


    Arrogance was Samson’s downfall too, he was showing off to Delilah – lost his hair when he lost his head, etc.

  10. BFP

    Hi Ian

    Who said we let ourselves be photographed?

    Who said we were physically anywhere? As I recall, the interview was done online using about 5 proxies and a bit of technology so good that even Auntie Moses wouldn’t have recognized who we were.

    HEAT has been tested, but we’re not sure that they passed the test as yet.

    You must remember Ian – there are many, very many, in the Barbados media who are more than sympathetic to BFP.

    But thanks for your kind reminder that the Matrix is still as dangerous a place as ever.

    Hey… didn’t I just see that cat before? What deja vu!

  11. Joe Callender

    A picture is worth a thousand lies.
    Be careful who you lie about.
    Free press is not synonymous with contrived letters & ailments. It makes a mockery of real truly free press all over the world.
    If you want to be respectable, then tell only the Truth.!
    You owe that much to The Free Press of the World.

  12. Joe Callender

    ….and to your readers.

  13. Joe Callender

    …Instead of being merely a tool of the bureaucrats, bandying about the Free Press slogan like a badge of hardship & struggle, pretending to be a willing voice & champion of the proletariat, while at the same time genuflecting to the whims of your fiduciary masters, spreading vicious lies & rumors about members of the oppressed classes whom you slyly feign to represent , sadly in word only, akin to one .. that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. …

  14. Joe Callender

    I rest my case.

  15. mark L. Fenty Sr.

    When one speaks about the free press in the context of the Barbadian society, one must be cognizant of the fact that the Barbados style of democracy; curtails the latitude in which the press can unilaterally usurp its autonomy in advocating its position. While On the other hand, in a country like United States for example,where who system of government makes it an absolute right for the press to possess infinite latitude in reporting the news. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that, ” Congress which is the Legislative body, shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or of the press”. This is commonly refer to as the establishment clause. Whereas in Barbados no such law exist that empower the press,as far as I can recall in my years living there. A more conspicuous example I can use to demonstrate my point is this; in America the press seem to act without impunity when it comes to critically analyzing the job of the President of the United States, unlike Barbados.