Press Freedom In The Caribbean

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Guyanese Government Squeezes Stabroek News As Punishment

Blogger Karel McIntosh has posted a well-researched piece Press Freedom In The Caribbean – about the Guyanese Government’s attempt to use advertising revenues to control the press. Karel linked to our post The Nation Newspaper Chides Guyana Government For Cutting Off Stabroek Advertising… and also notes that no one could accuse the Trinidad & Tobago media of hiding political corruption as they are leaders in this debate. (Unlike our own Barbados Advocate and The Nation News.)

Take a few minutes to read Karel’s Press Freedom In The Caribbean and some of her other posts. You won’t be disappointed.

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Added To Our Links: Caribbean Public Relations Blog

Karel McIntosh describes herself as a corporate communicator with a penchant for researching public relations in the Caribbean. We found her blog to be well-written with an appeal that goes far beyond her core public relations audience  – so we have added Karel to our permanent sidebar links under Blogroll.

Here is a piece from Karel’s blog that says much about her enthusiasm for her work…

(and Cliverton… the title of Karel’s piece is “lonely blogger” – but this does not mean that you should be ringing her up to ask if you can be of assistance! 🙂 )

Lonely Blogger In The Caribbean

Blogging about public relations and communications in the Caribbean can sometimes be a lonely experience. That’s why when Paull Young invited me to participate in an interview, as a globally isolated communicator, I identified with the term.

I am globally isolated because I’m the only blogger in the Caribbean dedicated to blogging about public relations. When I started this blog my aim was to create a portal for information on the profession in the Caribbean since there is a HUGE lack of information. A glance at public relations magazines, journals and books show this very clearly. Even the Global Public Relations Handbook lacks information on the Caribbean, and its authors lament this.

Back to my blog and I. Although I do get a kick out of the fact that a search for public relations in the Caribbean lands the blog on the first page of searches on Google, there’s also a sense of disappointment that this is the only place on the web that I can go to to find information. So won’t someone join me? Actually, I’d love to interview persons from various islands to find out more about public relations in their countries. My blog statistics show that I have a few readers from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad, and Antigua and Barbuda.

I invite you to email me at caribbeanprblog@yahoo.com to share information about public relations in your country.

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6 responses to “Press Freedom In The Caribbean

  1. Cliverton-
    Like you, I doubt Karel would be lonely for 10 mins. even in a blog, unless that photo is ancient.

    I found the most interesting part of her article is at the end reading as follows:

    “My home paper (Trinidad Guardian) has lost much of its credibility because it’s prohibited from breaking bad news about any of the other subsidiary companies in the group (which includes several influential companies in diverse fields, not just media). It’s an argument that’s hard to disagree with, posed by the detractors: At times we are the PR newsletter for the Ansa-McAl group of companies, the Trinidad Guardian’s parent company. In a small country it must be inevitable to face those pressures I suppose…”

    ….and also our Nation’s parent company, I deem?

    Which raises the interesting enigma- how come a newspaper that is forthright in criticising its government should suppress adverse news about members of the same Ansa-McAl Group?

    Perhaps the key words are “breaking bad news”. Once it is out in the open, comment can be made; just don’t be the first.

    Machiavellian spin doctors might prefer to come out first with adverse news so worded as to defuse interest or further enquiry. i.e. kill it with kindness.

    There have been a number of gloomy comments about the likelihood of the Trini masters of The Nation interfering with it, to the detriment of our news coverage. From what Karel says, this might well be unlikely. They may neither nudge the editor to take a turn in BLP’s tail, nor dissuade them from it. They might leave them to their own devices, for better or worse. Interesting.

  2. Ricky Singh as quoted

    “Today’s governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), currently in its fourth successive term, and with a proud record of significant recognisable economic, social and cultural achievements, has now tarnished its reputation with that inept, short-sighted decision to cut off advertisement to the Stabroek News.”

    sorry Ricky, four terms is two too many for the corruption to set in and 8 years maximum for a Prime Minister or President.
    Lets not sugar coat the point of abuse of press freedom just so some people like the people in power can swallow it.

  3. Lol. You’ll have truly flattered me today. Thanks for blogrolling me. I’ve reciprocated. I’m really glad to know that my work is appreciated.

  4. OwnerShip

    Sorry to bring this up again but..
    “Freedom of The Press” belongs
    to those who own one.

  5. BFP Robert Not Signed In

    Ownership: We all own a press now on the web. Dead tree newspapers are on the downturn.

    At last count, BFP has three times the number of daily visitors of the Barbados Advocate website.

  6. BFP Robert- Barbados ADVANCE? Whodat? Did you mean Advocate by any chance?

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    Hi Pandora

    Yes, stupid spelling checker!

    I fixed it, thanks