With over 100,000 visitors a month and still growing strong, Barbados Free Press is the most popular politically-focused website in the country – maybe even in the entire Caribbean. Our readers include the Prime Minister, Members of Government and politicians of all stripes. Dr. Duguid, Member of Parliament and Secretary General of the governing BLP, credits Barbados Free Press with being the catalyst that caused his party to start the BLP Blog.
Barbados Free Press is in the Top 100 most popular blogs out of over 700,000 WordPress blogs worldwide, and we are consistently featured in the first and second page of Google Search Engine returns on pretty well any subject involving Barbados… usually ahead of The Nation News and the Barbados Advocate newspapers and the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s news website.
Despite all this, the country’s largest newspaper has never seen fit to remark about BFP – the website that has taken Barbados politics on the internet to an entirely new level and inspired both major political parties to ramp-up their internet offerings.
The Nation News has just published an article by Carol Martindale exploring the internet political activities of the two major parties. A Political Web They Weave features interviews with BLP’s Dr. William Duguid and DLP’s Ronald Jones, and is actually a well written and interesting article…
…Even if it totally ignores Barbados’ most popular politically-focused website. Just not newsworthy, I guess! 😉
Here’s a few excerpts from The Nation News…
A Political Web They Weave!
POLITICS IN BARBADOS has gone hi-tech.
From blogs to live videos of mass meetings, web cams and digital manifestos, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) plan to rev up their electioneering with the help of the Internet.
With speculation rife that elections are set for this year, both political parties will be taking their messages, party news and events online given the widespread access to computers in Barbados.
General secretary of the BLP, Dr William Duguid, and DLP Member of Parliament Ronald Jones said they wouldn’t be relying solely on traditional media, the political platforms or mass meetings to reach voters.
Already both parties have revamped interactive websites up and running, maximising the mass reach offered by the Net, as well as the cheap costs.
Duguid, who also manages the party’s website, told the SUNDAY SUN one of the attractions of online politics was that it was cheap.
“When you have to get your message out to the masses in the broadcast or print media, for example, like if you have to print leaflets, it is expensive.
“Whereas you can have things on a blog, you can change it daily, and get your information out to people, and it is very, very cheap.
“There is a lot of information technology and the use of information technology will continue to improve how people canvass, get their message out to constituents,” he said.
Meantine, Jones, who is responsible for coordinating the DLP website… said with more people having access to the Internet, they would be using that medium to help spread their message.
Both politicians also said they got to deal with issues on their websites which the mainstream media did not highlight.
Jones, MP for Christ Church East Central… said very shortly all 30 DLP candidates would be online with their profiles. In the BLP camp four candidates already have theirs posted.
Both parties also disclosed plans to place their respective manifestos online, which would supplement the hard copies to be circulated.
Duguid said no effort would be spared next elections to use the technology.
“The Internet is going to play a greater and greater part in politics all over the world and Barbados is no exception. There is a lot of potential in information technology and electioneering in the modern day,” he said.
… read the full article at The Nation News (link here)