Barbados Government Blog Publishes Threats Against Journalist David Ellis – “We must guard our nation against such reckless use and abuse of press power.”

Official Government BLP Blog also warns the Barbados media that they had better “project the positives aspects of Barbados society at all times” or else!

Today, the official blog of the governing Barbados Labour Party published an article warning that “democracy is in peril” because radio journalist David Ellis read an email from a listener on the air asking Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch how it is that he managed to become a millionaire while in government.

Surprisingly – or upon second thought – not surprisingly, the largest newspaper on the island also published the threats against the Barbados media. See The Nation News BLP Column – Ellis’ Blunder

(See our article Attention Offshore Investors and Transparency International – Corruption Stories Being Hidden By Barbados Media & Government)

The BLP Blog calls Mr. Ellis’ email reading a “dastardly act” and warns that the situation is heading for a court of law. It also warns the Barbados media that they had better “project the positives aspects of Barbados society at all times” or else!

According to the BLP Blog, Mr. Ellis is a “political surrogate” of the DLP – whose leader David Thompson is an “educated derelict”.

It appears that the BLP are happy with the name calling, but most uncomfortable when simple factual questions are asked about, for instance, where the money went.

Yes, we can see the BLP’s strategy. Keep everything at a name-calling level and then they don’t have to answer a direct question about where the money went.

The article ends with a Mugabe-like caution that “the politics of Thompsonmania threatens (the stability of our society.)”

BLP Blog Reveals The Despotic Attitude Of The Owen Arthur Government

The Barbados Government is now engaged in giving a lesson to the print and broadcast media and every journalist in the country – stay in line or suffer the consequences of loss of employment and an expensive legal battle supervised in the courts by Chief Justice David Simmons – former Cabinet member and good drinking buddy of Prime Minister Owen Arthur.

It is high time that the rest of world learned about the sad state of democracy in Barbados.

Here is the article from the BLP Blog. As you read it, imagine that you are a journalist with a mortgage and a family…

Ellis’ Blunder

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing in more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

There can be no doubt that that dastardly act by David Ellis, which took place in the studio of StarCom Network on the Sunday’s programme of Brass Tacks will find its rightful place in the law court, thus making the matter subjudice. Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law.

The Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow once admonished poor people to stay clear of the law courts for fear that they maybe abused by the system. We have come a long way since then and poor people have been engaging the services of the courts with much success. We wish Minister Noel Lynch well as he seeks to defend himself from the abuse of a very powerful but irresponsible medium.

The incident raises serious questions about the real role of the press in developing societies like ours. The press, both print and electronic, is a very critical partner in building and shaping a wholesome society. Every word spoken, every picture shown, impacts upon the lives of people and because of its powerful influence in shaping those mindsets there must be as a natural course of their responsibility seek to project the positives aspects of our society at all times.

In every society where the press has taking on a political agenda and where it has used its overwhelming power to negatively influence public opinion those societies became disruptive, democracy came under threat and the lives of their people were thrown into total anarchy. We must guard our nation against such reckless use and abuse of press power. When the citizens of any country has to seek legal recourse from a media that has become malicious, politically motivated and disrespectful to the basic human rights of its people then our democracy is in peril.

When the late Sir Grantley Adams laid the foundation for free education, which was later completed by the late Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow, never in their wildest dreams did they contemplate that the beneficiaries of that great social revolution would today be the subjects of ridicule by a politically lost DLP. There is no doubt that last Sunday’s fiasco had its origin in the DLP’s butcher stall at George Street and that Ellis was only the political surrogate.

The DLP has been for some time engaged in a politics of innuendo in which charges of corruption is continuously leveled but never backed up by a thread of evidence. It should be clear to all that after all the millions of dollars of investment in our social capital any success shown by our people is attacked by this new DLP lead by a man who best fits Calvin Coolidge example of an “educated derelict”.

The question for Barbadians is this. How do you treat to an opposition party that wants to lead this country in a competitively regional and global arena where the accumulation of wealth and financial resources of our people is critical to developing new enterprises and expanding our pool of entrepreneurs? The success of our people has been the bedrock of our society. Today the politics of Thompsonmania threatens that stability.

It is sad when the party that Barrow built can now find itself in a state where its lack of vision and foresight now causes it to see itself and its members suspiciously.

… read the original at the BLP Blog (link here)

72 Comments

Filed under Barbados, News Media, Politics & Corruption

72 responses to “Barbados Government Blog Publishes Threats Against Journalist David Ellis – “We must guard our nation against such reckless use and abuse of press power.”

  1. Pingback: May God Bless The Folks At WordPress.com « Barbados Free Press

  2. “We must guard our nation against such reckless use and abuse of press power.”

    ——————————–

    And who, pray tell, will guard our nation and its people against the reckless use and abuse of Government power?

    Who, if not people like Ellis, will keep Government and their henchmen in check and who will shine the spotlight on them, risking life and limb and ask the hard questions, the ones that make people run out of the room like spoiled little children when they don’t get their way.

    Who will come up with independent thought and speak out? If not people like Ellis, Loveridge and BFP, who then?

    It is up to the UNITED masses. There are few of you politicians out there and many of us. The tyranny of the minority will not last forever. Sooner or later, the tables will turn. Yes, a new Government will take over, but it is up to the masses to decide which Government.

    Eyes wide open everybody. It’s your vote that puts them there. We have only ourselves to blame.

  3. No - Name

    BFP
    When I read this article it saddened me! I was more concerned about what the article did not say. This is further evidence that we are indeed fighting against diabolical forces as articulated by Rawle Eastmond!
    I saw it as a direct threat to bajans ..to shut up and stop talking about Minister Lynch and any other BLP THIEF.

    In particular it threatened the press including BFP. They are afraid of BFP because of the powerful influence it now has in shaping the mindsets of the over 1 mil persons who visit the site ( i.e all right thinking people ). Further the BLP is suggesting or mandating the BFP at all times seek to project the positives aspects of our society in Barbados.
    The BLP is clearly on the run.

  4. BFP

    There is no more dangerous animal than a cornered beast.

  5. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    I am indeed glad that you zoomed in on the fact that ,

    ” The article ends with a Mugabe-like caution that “the politics of Thompsonmania threatens (the stability of our society.)”

    For the past few weeks…..prceisely after the Thompson expose in Parliament…the political DESPOT…… Owen Arthur has intensified his NEFARIOUS acts of intimidation behind the scenes…!

    How…..?

    1. The Barney Lynch TIRADE with David Ellis..!

    2. The Mia Mottley DISCLAIMER on the CWC
    2007 fiasco…!

    3. The CBC No – Show policy approach to the
    DLP..!

    4. Owen Arthur & BLP yet to PUBLICLY
    denounce Mugabe’s treatment of the
    opposition in ZIMBABWE..!

    The latter point is IMPORTANT precisely because it is Owen Arthur and the BLP who has LABELLED any opposition to their VIEWS and PRACTICES….by such TERMS…

    Goon Squad..! Driftwood..! Negrograt..!

    Racist..! Educated Derelict..! Schizophrenia..!

    Malik ” without teeth”…! Paranoid..!

    Indentured Servants..! Come – yuhs..! Nasty..!

    and the like…!

    BFP….you are spot on…VERY…..Mugabe-like…!

    Only the full – featured…..REPUBLIC….is missing now…!

  6. Dave Crawford

    Barbados or Zimbawee ? Not so sure these days

  7. Kem

    Articles such as this must be admonished to the highest degree. There has been a call by the Barbadian people and rightly so, for integrity legislation to allow questions similar to that posed to Barney, where the Minister must answer. It is in the public interest and the interest of transparency to know how can an individual accumulate wealth over and above his claimed revenue stream. In the banking sector when an individual makes a deposit over $10,000 he is asked to declare his source of income, for money laundering purposes. The same principle applies here. The public needs to ensure that the wealth accumulated by our public officials are from legal sources and not being pilfered from the public purse.

  8. No - Name

    The Transparency InternationalCorruption Perceptions Index 2005 under the subheading ” Which countries’ scores deteriorated most between 2004 and 2005? ” states that :

    Making comparisons from one year to another is problematic. However, to the extent that changes can be traced back to individual sources, trends can be cautiously identified. Noteworthy examples of a downward trend from 2004 to 2005 are Barbados, Belarus, Costa Rica, Gabon, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay. In these cases, actual changes in perceptions occurred during the last three years.
    _________________________________

    The world is watching

  9. Jerome Hinds

    Hi Folks,

    Minister Lynch on public radio Vehemently denied that the Gov’t of Barbaos had borrowed money to secure the services of Carnival Destiny.

    However, subsequent investigations reveal,

    ” Evidence of the loan to charter Carnival Destiny was produced, and in fact the Prime Minister (Owen Arthur) had proposed such a facility (US$15 million) through a major commercial bank as early as November 2006. ”

    Now in what we proclaim as a functioning DEMOCRACY……no one DARE ask the Minister for an APOLOGY or RETRACTION of his…LIE…!

    Owen Arthur was RIGHT….no need for INTEGRITY legislation…!

  10. No - Name

    BFP,
    Hear is an address made by Louis Tull many years ago (not sure the date) that you should find intersting.

    Someone told me that Tull bought some land near to Queens College using his dead mother’s name.
    Here is the statement:

    STATEMENT OF AMBASSADOR LOUIS TULL OF BARBADOS

    Mr. President, distinguished ministers, heads of delegations, ladies and gentlemen.

    May I too thank the government and people in Mexico particularly those in this beautiful and historic Mayan city of Merida for the warmth of their welcome, the generosity of the hospitality, and the excellence of the arrangements thy have provided for this high level political conference for the signing of the United Nations Convention against corruption.

    Barbados is happy to be participating in this important ceremony, which marks the culmination of the commitment and hard work of the several delegations which labored tirelessly during the seven sessions of the Ad Hoc Negotiating Committee in Vienna.

    In that exercise they were aided by the vision and optimism of the secretary general of the United Nations. Mr. Kofi Annan, and the organizing skills of the Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna.

    In this regard my delegation pays respect to the memory of the late Ambassador Hector Charry Samper of Colombia, whose knowledge; acumen and tact were important assets as he guided the negotiations towards a successful conclusion.

    This convention is another step towards bringing order to an increasingly disorderly world. Transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism, inter alia, all combine to unsettle societies, create chaos, disrupt economies, and wreak havoc on the rule of law.

    Corruption is of this genre. It is insidious in nature and global in scope. It places heavy and inordinate financial burdens on states, particularly small developing states which must divert already scarce resources from critical development areas like education, health, and housing to meet the new administrative, policing, and security costs these evils bring.

    And all this at a time when new global trends in trade arrangements threaten to marginalize developing economies and those in transition.

    We in Barbados have seen the devastation which corruption has wrought in other countries; the wholesale looting of public treasuries, and the resultant impoverishment of the people. We have seen the insatiable greed and unconscionable practices of the private sector in some countries.

    We will therefore be robust in our prevention measures. We will spare no effort in the war against corruption. We will fully deploy weapons made available by this convention. We will enlist the aid of civil society, NGO’s and community based organizations in our efforts. We must not fail.

    To ensure effective implementation of the convention, it would be useful if the UN office of Drugs and Crime organize a team of experts who would provide skills and advice to countries which need and seek assistance, particularly whit legislative programs, and the setting up of administrative, investigative, and prosecutorial structures to deal with the offences detailed in the convention. The use of national and regional seminars and training sessions would be helpful.

    International assistance to developing countries is critical to the successful implementation of this convention. Mr. President I have already signed the convention on behalf of the government of Barbados. My delegation looks forward to its early ratification.

  11. passin thru

    The BLP article say “Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law.”

    Who is “Paddy” ?

  12. Yardbroom

    The Barbados Government Blog ask us to:

    ” seek to project the positive aspects of our society at all times”

    Does that mean ignoring the negative in a conspiracy of silence, nothing is more damaging to a democracy than allowing wrongs to go unchecked.

    When a Government resorts to threats against its own people, the game is up.

  13. paul sealy

    oh,nobody not even the press is to talk about how these criminals got so rich on a politicians salary…ok..so Barbados reach the stage where democracy really threatened now..don’t worry folks…international peoples have us on scope 24hrs a day including bajans abroad …these people really think people foolish nah,they really got to be frightened with what people gonna find out about their tiefing arses.

  14. paul sealy

    One more for the political jackasses that run this country…the worse thing you can do is try to stop people from talking..straight off hand yah look guilty already…THAT MEANS YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE..wunna expect to stop bajans from talking about wunna,wunna could threaten the journalists cause them scared to lose their pick..a lot of bajans right now have NOTHING TO LOSE..how will you stop thoses ones from talking…forceably put them in jail…that means we would have to be in CUBA am i not right?wunna going to cause riots worse than 1937 and wunna can’t even see it…keep up with these threats against press freedom and bajan citizens wunna stupid tiefing idiots.

  15. True Native

    Oh gosh, I worry about you folks at BFP, as well as David Thompson, after reading the warning from the BLP. They are really gunning for him. We can’t forget the badly bruised, swollen face of Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai in Zimbabwe. Never, in my wildest dreams did I think Barbados would have come to this. It was bad enough during the Tom Adams regime when we knew the 1981 elections were rigged, but this is very scary.

    A blessed Easter to one and all.

  16. Patrick Porter

    I said on another blog that the members on the opposition were not allowed to do their jobs properly, I was asked then if I had proof. Now we have it. Anyone of anything that gets in Arthur’s way will be dealt with in the harshest of manner. If they win the next election, which they will, then that is the end of free speach in Barbados. I have been sent a cautionary message to cool it by the BLP, but let me state here and now that I will not, if they want to fight with the dragon then they will have to take me on and I am not scared of these band of bandits. I am prepared to lay down my life to protect my beautiful Barbados. I will not have them run rough shod over the people and take away their rights. Owen and your band of bandits bring it on, I am ready

  17. Patrick Porter

    HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL AND MAY THE RISEN CHRIST BE WITH YOU. To those who are not Christian have a great long weekend

  18. paul sealy

    Win which election Patrick…..???..you mean ‘tief win’ cause bajans ain’t putting back in no dictators,them gotta go and look for work,invest the millions they tief from we….win back government???..ballot boxes would have to be stuffed already plus as i said the guyanese will have to be voting twice,but miraculously if they rigg this one i will be gone cause i can’t take looking at rum face owen and crew and taking the crap they will give out for the next five years…no..sorry.

  19. Laughable

    BFP said..
    There is no more dangerous animal than a cornered beast.

    and I say there is no more dangerous animal that Corned Beef (and biscuits)

  20. Exodus

    Nice to hear you say, Paul Sealy, that you are ready to up and leave.
    That has been my position now for the last 10-15 yrs. on this “blessed” island,
    now well on its way back to African tinpot republic status.

    Sorry, I shouldn’t be so harsh,
    let’s elevate that status to Banana Republic.
    There..that’s better.

  21. Free the press!!!!

    The sad thing about all of this is that everyone in the past will have heard David Ellis say a great many positive and supportive things about the present BLP administration.

    So how would this feel to you, if you were David Ellis?

    For me, a person who has voted for both DLP and BLP in the past, according to what I felt the country needed, I would be resolute to vote for a government that was less corrupt. For peole like ME the issue this election is CORRUPTION.

    “When something is before the courts the papers cease to write about it.” Roxanne Gibbs in the corrections section of the Nation.

    The Nation News continues to lie and pander to the BLP in pusuit of its carrot! Shame on the Nation- you have destroyed your reputation as defender of the masses. The yardfowl methods presently used are as bad as the other paper, and just as overt/recogniseable tp those of us who really understand.

    No TV license to the Nation!!
    No TV license to the private sector!!

  22. Michele

    Hi Mr.Porter,
    Take care of yourself.

    Maybe people might say I’m one to talk being so far away, but the way I see it is let them do themselves in.

    These BLP can walk around and bully people, but they will get in over their heads and Barbados and the rest of the world will see. They think that they’re a law unto themselves, but right now the world is looking. If ever there was a time for the DLP to act on behalf of the people of Barbados it is now. For if the leaders go about getting nasty they would walk themselves right into it, so they make the people afraid and wait.

    Sad that they are Bajans, so power hungry, greedy and nasty having no pride in themselves, for if they did they would have love of country.

    The thing is they are now very afraid themselves.

  23. Patrick Porter

    Michele

    Keith sent me and e-mail and he will see Phyllis he says no problem

  24. titilayo

    “there must be as a natural course of their responsibility seek to project the positives aspects of our society at all times”

    This article amuses and scares me at the same time, it really does. But it is more frightening than funny, I think, becase that’s a real Orwellian 1984 kind of statement right there. A country in which the role of the media, the media’s responsibility, is “to project the positive aspects of our society at all times” is a propaganda state.

    Also would the people at the official BLP blog get a proof-reader or an editor, someone who know something about grammar. I know I’ve been accused of being a nit-picker about this already, but you must be able to do better somehow.

  25. concerned

    No-Name wrote “Mr. President I have already signed the convention on behalf of the government of Barbados. My delegation looks forward to its early ratification.”

    Was it ever ratified?

  26. Michele

    Mr.Porter,

    Thanks again, I left it to my mother to deal with her sisters to get them to see him when they get there.

    I only hope they will use their heads when they get there as my mother is very quite and the others always get their way with her. I’m doing this for my mother but they might not like it so I hope they go with him and get the mess sorted.

  27. John

    titilayo

    You knows your slip is showing.

    However, all jokes aside, I agree with your points completely.

    If the Official Party Organ is going to issue threats, for goodness sake get the grammar correct.

    It promotes Barbados as a semi literate country when it should be promoting the more positive aspect of our society, namely that it is 99.9999999% literate.

    Don’t these guys know anything about Barbados?

    It is difficult to know if to laugh or be frightened.

    Maybe we have become another Animal Farm.

  28. Propaganda State

    “the media’s responsibility, is “to project the positive aspects of our society at all times” is a propaganda state.”

    – but Barbados has ALWAYS been a propaganda state,
    if only due to the necessity of Tourism Advertising! We have much practice in this artform!
    Barbados was, for many years, JBYI = “Just Beyond Your Imagination, whatever that silly statement meant(and Bajans believed their own propaganda)-and still do.

    “Barbados is The BEST place to live in, in the whole wide world” – how many times have you heard the pumped-up Bajans patting their own backs, like this?

  29. Literacy

    If you think that Barbados society is still 99% literate, you may be right, in that(technically) ‘literate’ means the ability to read and write, full.stop.

    Sure,I can read and write…
    ..but I can more do than just that – I can walk, chew gum AND think…all at the same time,dude! can U do that?

    Comprehension,however, is another matter
    and the sad news is that although a lot of our (younger?) people can indeed READ and WRITE, their ability to DO anything with the glorious propaganda they daily absorb from Ye Advocate and Ye Nation is severely limited.
    Just try engaging them in an intelligent conversation using English(not Bajan) and see how you fare!

    Therefore: literacy, is its fundamental sense, doesn’t count for much,these days.
    Don’t play it up like it’s a big deal, any more.
    EVERYone can read and write, but can they THINK and REASON, and VOTE to make a difference?

    ——————–

    WHY are you encouraging the BLP to employ a proof-reader to correct spelling errors, grammar and suchlike?? (see what I mean about thinking and reasoning?)
    LEAVE THEM BEE, in their grammatical quagmire, for all the world to see how trumped-up-yet-basically-incapable they are, nuh?!
    Now that you’ve gone and screwed it all up, they’ll trot out an old English Teacher from somewhere, and make it look like they’re a capable political party, who can indeed walk, think and chew gum, all at the same time!

  30. passin thru

    Sorry to post this again, but no one answered and I think it could be important regarding the threat being made in the BLP article.

    The BLP article say “Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law.”

    Who is “Paddy” ?

    Was Paddy going to interfere in the process of law? Did he/she interfere before?

    The BLP are communicating a message here and I can’t figure what it is.

    Anyone know?

  31. True Native

    I could be wrong, Passing Thru, but “Paddy” is an Irish nickname (Paddy Mcginty’s goat?). Maybe they think Adrian Loveridge is an Irishman?

  32. titilayo
    April 6th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Also would the people at the official BLP blog get a proof-reader or an editor, someone who know something about grammar. I know I’ve been accused of being a nit-picker about this already, but you must be able to do better somehow
    ————————————————————–

    TT nuh body aint got tuh accuse you of what you are. 😀 Hear Louis Tull ” before i absorb what dey telling me i get my red pen” my response tuh he and tuh you is; good wunnuh get the message. Why do they have to get somebody that knows about grammar? did you misunderstand something they said on their blog and that can be tied to their misuse of grammar? schuupppssee. People hey debating serious issues.

  33. Free the press!!!!

    “The press, both print and electronic, is a very critical partner in building and shaping a wholesome society.”

    I agree with Titilayo, it’s scary.

    A wholesome scoiety? Is this one where the private sector and government rule- and send the constant message through the telescreen- as in Orwell’s 1984?

    Are we going to be wholesome when we no longer can make our own decisions, and corrupt politicians (with their profiteering partners in the private sector) feed us what they wish us to know?

    WHOLE SUM SOCIETY: that’s one where we are controlled in whole sum total………… by the propogandists/politicians.

    No tv license!
    Free the journalists!
    Power to the people, and free speech!

  34. Paddy

    Isn’t Paddy an English phrase referring to The Police,generally ?
    (no, not the Band, the Constabulary)

  35. Paddy

    “A wholesome society? Is this one where the private sector and government rule- and send the constant message through the telescreen- as in Orwell’s 1984?”
    – doesn’t this situation already obtain?
    “Social Partners”(in crime) ?

  36. Free the press!!!!

    Not to the private sector, where the real danger is. As I have said before, we can vote to change the corruption, but we have no way to stop the private sector once they are incontrol.

  37. Michele

    Paddy is a term they use on the Irish.

    For Irish people calling each other that it is not a problem, but people here take offence when your not from here and you do so.

    The same way black people call each other the n word and it wouldn’t be nice if someone of another race did so. We might never find out what the BLP are trying to say, but then again we just might.

  38. titilayo

    Okay, Adrian. I think we’ve had this conversation already.

    John, ha ha! Something like that always comes back to bite me in the rear! Um, I’m going to claim that it was an intentional mistake, a sort of parody thing. You believe me?

    The more times I go back and read this message, the more sad and depressed I get. To me, it’s more damning than anything BFP could have posted about the BLP, especially because it came from the horse’s mouth.

  39. Pogo

    So BLP and Lynch are going to sue David Ellis? Ok let’s have it in front of a jury.

    I heard the show. There was no slander in what Ellis said. He did not invent a truth. It can be easily proved that Lynch has acquired a lot of assets since he was elected. David asked a question that you have a lot of assets that you did not have before being elected so where did they come from? Straight and easy question to answer.

    The question is whether Lynch was defamed or whether he defamed himself and the people of Barbados with his ranting. Let a panel of ordinary citizens decide, not a judge who was appointed by Lynch’s friends in the BLP cabinet.

    The question is will this be a trial by jury or by the Lynch mob?

  40. Barbados corruption act: prevention of corruption Section 3(i) corruption in office a misdemanour

    Any person who, by himself or by or in conjunction with any person, corruptly solicits or receives or agrees to receive, for himself or for any other person, any gift, loan, fee, reward or advantage whatsoever as an inducement to, or reward for or otherwise on account of any member, officer or servant of the crown or of a public body doing or forbearing to do anything or proposed, in which the Crown or such public body is concerned, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour

    (2) Any person who, by himself or by or in conjunction with any other person, corruptly gives, promises or offers any gift, loan, fee, reward or advantage whatsoever to any person, whether for the benefit of that person or another person, as an inducement to or reward for or otherwise on account of any member, officer or servant of the Crown or of any public body doing or forbearing to do anything in respect of any matter or transaction whatsoever, actual or proposed, in which the Crown or such public body is concerned, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.
    ——————————————————-

    no wonder Owen was sweating while pleading guilty to making mistakes, after David Thompson blew the whistle on the cheque deposit. The big question now is whether this mistake is criminal? So who is going to report this matter to the Director of Public Prosecution? Of course i would not expect the DDP to do anything about um, but it would be of interest to see How Owen would wiggle out of his publicly made but parliamentary privalaged comments about mistakes in relations to accusations that on the face of it seems to be a misdeamour under “The prevention of curruption act” of Barbados.

    Make no mistake about it, i will be calling VOB in the near future to put my questions to the moderator. 😀

  41. Rumplestilskin

    Firstly, the article refers to the matter being subjudice. This is only so IF the court action has already commenced.

    Secondly, the article states ”Every word spoken, every picture shown, impacts upon the lives of people and because of its powerful influence in shaping those mindsets ”.

    Oh, the BLP Ministers should take heed of their own words, which have ”powerful influence in shaping those mindsets ”, words such as Negrocrat, Indentured Servant, Caucasian male used in a particular context, words which can contribute to inciting racial hatred.

  42. Rumplestilskin

    Hving looked at the general tone and direction of the article, I would agree that the overal policy seeming to be expressed is one of totalitarianism in which a citizen will not be expected to question issues of Government.

    What boggles the mind it that instead of approaching the matter with a calm and reasonable disposition and providing answers and solutions to questions of state, the line of the administration appears instead to be one of quashing any dissent that is expressed.

    Such an approach must by its very nature give rise to very serious concerns.

    As buyer beware, voter beware.

    Having said that, I would caution ‘those that be’ that action which appears to be coming from a totalitarian attitude will serve only to reflect negatively on those who embody such and will further impact on an already close election.

    So go ahead, do not provide answers that we citizens ask for, though we be well within our rights, attack, some think its the best defence.

    But then, you are shown to be a Government over the people, rather than a Government OF the people.

  43. Rob't. Mugabe

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
    and I thank you for the endorsement of my policies.

    Please email me(robertm@zimbabwe.con)
    if you need any further pointers on how to establish dis ting. From my faraway position, your strategies seem to be gelling, nicely.
    Press on. Victory won’t be far off,now.

  44. John

    Adrian

    The Prevention of Corruption Act from which you quote seems to be saying that Corruption is a misdemeanor.

    What is the penalty for a misdemeanour?

    Owen may have breathed a sigh of relief after he got home and the lawyer types explaind it to him!!

    They probably said, “Owen ma boy, it is only a misdemeanour. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

  45. John
    April 6th, 2007 at 9:12 pm
    Adrian

    The Prevention of Corruption Act from which you quote seems to be saying that Corruption is a misdemeanor.

    What is the penalty for a misdemeanour?

    Owen may have breathed a sigh of relief after he got home and the lawyer types explaind it to him!!

    They probably said, “Owen ma boy, it is only a misdemeanour. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
    —————————————————————-

    Click to access Prevention%20of%20Corruption.pdf

    Yes that may be the case, not exceeding 7 yrs and no less than 3 yrs. also the DPP is given a window of 6 months on learning about the allege crime to act. Politics is about preception and if i can get this in the public domain they will be the ultimate judge.

    I don’t see how he can fair well if this act is read to the public, and then questions are asked about what is already in the public domain given Thompson comments about cheques and deposits and the PM’s reply that he made mistakes. This isn’t any ennuendo, or half truths, this is testing facts of admission against facts of law. Now although he made his admission under parliamentary privilage thus protecting himself from procecution, he cannot now in public deny his comments to Barbadians becuase there is a hint of criminal intent. Well he could, but it this would be case of double jepardy. Remain consistent in and out of parliament and open himself to accusations of criminal behaviour, or deny his comments in parliament and be forever deemed a liar in the minds of the public, spelling dire consquences at election time. It needs to be pursuied.

  46. Warrior

    There are several options for Paddy besides being short for Padmore you can find more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy

  47. Warrior

    Truly I see Geoge Orwell’s Animal Farm playing out right before my eyes in little Barbados. God is still on His throne, as the old people would say “He don’t like ugly”

  48. reality check

    Freedom of the Press

    it is completely naive to think a state run media outlet can express true freedom of expression especially if those in charge and who pay or approve the cheques, disagree with independent journalists.

    Similarly but to a lesser degree, media dependent on significant government revenue must tow the line of those in power.

    This is not a great situation unless those in power have incredible integrity and a desire to see balanced reporting.. This could be part of integrity legislation.

    While I favour the greatest amount of competietion to shoot for the greatest amount of diversity of ideas, perhaps for the time being, those journalists who really have something important to say should come on to BFP under a pen name.

  49. John

    Adrian

    You may well have him.

    Prepare for an abusive phone call from the man himself!!!

    Not really, suspect Owen is cringing. He isn’t used to being called on his utterances in public.

    Looks like when he pulls out his dagger to respond he might meet a collins.

    Given what I have seen of him my bet is he will run.

  50. John

    …. and I don’t bet.

  51. John

    Here’s a crazy thought.

    We all seem to know that something wrong went with GEMS.

    Can the wrongdoer claim that since everybody knew he was doing wrong then by extension the DPP knew too!! …. and that would be ever since, like years and years!!

    From reading the act it looks as if the DPP has 6 months to act. So the DPP’s window of opportunity has lapsed if wrongdoing has occurred with GEMS as we all claim.

    I guess we will all have to say all is right with GEMS if we want the DPP to prosecute under the Prevention of Corruption Act, and hope he notices something wrong to act on.

    Then again, maybe everything is right!!

  52. Free the press!!!!

    Reality check: In no way am I naive. The last thing I would do is accuse you of being private sector!

    We understand by logical observation of recent developments in Barbados that private sector has achieved partial control of government after its three terms. Is this naive?

    If control of the media can be achieved by private sector, then all things are possible at the consumer’s expense, and at Barbados’ expense.

    That is why GOVERNMENT has a responsibility to maintain control of CBC and keep it away from the private sector- the last medium that can be used to protect our county in event of the private sector power play.

    You think Mr. Fields would stay there if the license was not available to private sector? I challenge him to make CBC profitable as a GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION and prove me wrong by keeping it that way for posterity.

    Errol Barrow would say yes!! What was it he said: “Friends of all but satellites of none”? That means that he would protect the independance we cherish against all threats. One of these threats is the very greedy monopolistic private sector of: BARBADOS. These people are not patriots; these are animals of the board room, driven by greed and the lust for profit, and I for one refuse to bow and to this act when the best you can suggest is a pledge to do such and so.

    ‘Any development can achieve permission if the right hands are greased’.
    ‘Any price can be charged, and goods can exchange hands to achieve final markup prices that someone on a small salary cannot pay’……………………………………………………………………………….(interlude- the poor people bawl)……………………

    1) The private sector controls the newspapers and the radio.

    2) The government controls the TV station.

    —-> If private sector controls the tv station “it” controls the entire media- both 1) and 2), and attains a monopoly. It will do as it pleases with information, regardless of government.

    Seeing the conflicted chairman of CBC getting ready- learning the ins and outs of CBC- it scares the hell out of me. And it should scare the hell out of everyone in Barbados who understands that he is there to give it over to someone very close by.

    Now let me ask you Mr. or Ms. Reality Check, how on earth did this powerful private sector icon get in and onto the CBC board?
    I’ll tell you myself: the Prime Minister put him in there.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. If you check (and foresee) future reality with CBC you will see the reality of ‘1984’ racing towards us.

    I do not believe that we wish to hand over our independance to doers of things by any means possible.

    Reality check refute with a proper logical train of thought please, as you have presented absolutely no credible argument as to how government can control the private sector, which leads me to believe you are “one of them”.

    A pledge you say? Mek muh laugh!

  53. reality check

    Free the press

    “We understand by logical observation of recent developments in Barbados that private sector has achieved partial control of government after its three terms. Is this naive?”

    No, they are in bed together—a symbiotic and unnatural relationship based on economic necessity, survival, greed, and power.

    “I challenge him ( Allan Fields ) to make CBC profitable as a GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION and prove me wrong by keeping it that way for posterity.”

    This is naive. There is no state owned media in the western world or elsewhere that is self-sufficient that doesn’t take extensive subsidies from government.

    “One of these threats is the very greedy monopolistic private sector of: BARBADOS. These people are not patriots; these are animals of the board room, driven by greed and the lust for profit, and I for one refuse to bow and to this act when the best you can suggest is a pledge to do such and so.”

    Are you suggesting the tiefing, power hungry politicians who are now running up debt for generations of children and grandchildren to pay and are daily grabbing more and more freedoms away from the average Barbdians are more patriotic than those dedicated to making a living and a profit?

    These corporations have to plan to exist for the future and not run away to Miami and elsewhere once an election is over with their ill gotten gains.

    More importantly, the whole purpose of proposing many licenses was to try and break any possibility of a monopoly.

    If a media outlet is truly independent and has something to say that is different and interesting, it will survive economically because people choose to support it, not because an elected government has decided to feed its version of the truth and use the public’s money to subsidise that version.

    Your pen name ” free the press” is in fact a misnomer and is in fact further repression of freedom of the press not to mention a step back 50 years to state controlled repression and domination, something that clearly exists in Barbados at this time.

  54. No - Name

    Meaning of the word ‘Paddy’ — The BLP should explain to the people what they mean by the word ‘Paddy’ when they say ” Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law” ….because a check on the internet revealed that it also means the following:

    Paddy originated from the irish hills was found by jmoo and taken to the lowly town of sheringham in which he was greeted with gifts of gold frankinsence and cheese! he was to turn on the christmas lights but when he got on the stage he began masterbating and cam all over the croud!
    Paddy now means
    1) offensive slang for a gay person
    2) a wank
    3) a very small penis
    1) Shut up you stupid paddy
    2) hes just had a paddy in the loo
    3) god hes got a paddy

    Please BLP we do not want any misunderstandings! Please clear the air!

  55. Has it occurred to no one else who the author of this article might be? I find it has the distinct ring of Mia bombast. My reasons are:

    1. An impressive but totally irrelevant quotation. What have persistance and determination got to do with it? Typical of her woolly thinking.
    2. “Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law.” I suspect this is a British lawyer’s in-joke taken either from Dickens or more likely “Adventures of Paddy Beaver” by Thornton Burgess 1917, but have not yet traced origin. In it is a typical Mia veiled threat about offending the law, which, as has already been pointed out, does not apply until the matter has come before the Court. This will take time.
    3. “How do you TREAT to an opposition party……” Is there anyone but Mia who uses this phrase? She beats it to death.
    4. The overall wordiness of each paragraph is typical of our deputy PM who thinks clarity is enhanced by verbosity, when the reverse is true. Hear this, imperfect grammar and all:

    “Every word spoken, every picture shown, impacts upon the lives of people and because of its powerful influence there must be as a natural course of their responsibility seek (sic) to project the positive aspects of our society at all times.” Is this not Mia speaking here?

    5. “Dastardly”. (Meaning “treacherously cowardly”)
    Can you hear this unusual word from any lips but hers?

    We already know from past blogs that Mia has announced to the Caribbean as a whole that freedom of the press should be curbed. She is the natural defender of her party’s line against David Ellis for reading out someone else’s views.

    What think you, fellow defenders of press liberty?

  56. Rumplestilskin

    Freespeech,

    Interesting analysis and very convincing. I myself thought of the MP for Bridgetown when I read it. I agree it sounds a bit lawyerly and she is also a lawayer. I also see her as a ‘main defender’ of the party line and indeed someone who sets the line.

    However, based on your reasoning and also on re-reading the article thinking of Mia speaking, you get the prize methinks.

    I agree that whomever wrote this piece inferred legal threats. Thou shalt toe the line. Also referred to insult in using’educated derelict; itself a most unusual insult or should I say ‘disparagement’ 😉 .

    (BTW- note also the ‘inserted’ line about Sir Grantley and free education, usually attributed to Errol Barrow)

    Threats and insults from an ‘administration approved’ article are at the least inappropriate and tremendously worrying.

    Does whomever wrote the article not reaslise that they are ‘speaking’ to citizens of a sovereign country, or do they not care?

    The practical implications of the mindset in the approach to the article are enormous and should be of concern to all Barbadians.

    Sadly, yet another reflection of the repeated use of insulting behaviour by a representative of Government.

    I have been very critical of such utterances in my last number of posts, the reason being that I remember the phrase that goes something like

    ‘all it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to stay silent’

    We as citizens cannot accept any less than a decent even if unfair apparoach from our representatives.

    Insulting, degrading and particularly racially toned representations cannot be accepted if we in Barbados seek a free and fair society.

    Such words make us no better than neo-Nazis, than the thugs of the Klu Klux Klan, than those with anti-Semitic attitude, than those who see anyone from the ‘less developed’ world as inferior.

    We need to be a beacon of unity, a beacon of fairness, a beacon of justice and a beacon of hope for the world to see.

    We cannot, should not and must not allow a few to ruin our rights, freedoms and goals.

    We need to stand and make our thoughts be counted by those in authority, such that they heed our views.

    To make Barbados a better place.

  57. Inkwell

    I really cannot understand how a person of Free the press’ obvious intelligence could push a line of argument that is clearly out of step with rational thinking. Government control of the TV medium in Barbados as it has in every other part of the world where it exists has led to a propagation of the government line and a stifling of criticism or opposing views. Clear as daylight even to a blind man.

    FTP’s argument properly comes under the heading “doublespeak” as it would achieve exactly the opposite of what it professes. It is either the product of a flawed mental process or an agenda, I can’t decide which, but both are bad.

    The phrase “treat to” in the subject article is a dead giveaway. I agree with Freespeech’s analysis entirely, but how does knowing the authorship help? What is need is that a clear message be sent to Government that any attack on David Ellis will be counter productive.

    If this attempt by a media practitioner to introduce the concept of accountability by politicians to the public is allowed to be squashed and Ellis or Starcom punished, the call itself for accountability itself will have suffered a major blow, as no other journalist will risk his neck.

    We have got to rally round Ellis on this forum, on the call in programs and in letters to the press. Reaction on the BLP blog would also be effective to let them know that we are not being cowed and that the calls for transparency, accountability, integrity and conflict of interest legislation will not go away.

  58. Jerome Hinds

    Inkwell,

    I support your call to action 100% .

    We all should recognise that the BLP objection to the ELLIS e- mail issue all POINTS back to Owen Arthur and this BLP gov’t strategy….” NO NEED FOR INTEGRITY LEGISLATION IN BARBADOS.”

    But Inkwell…… you are RIGHT…….Barbadian…..
    ” calls for transparency, accountability, integrity and conflict of interest legislation will not go away ”

    This BLP gov’t intends to INTIMIDATE and SHUT- UP anyone who DARES to EXPOSE their FILTH…!

    We must be STRONG and FIGHT on….!

    Mugabe got too FAR…..in ZIMBABWE…!

    Barbadians we can see the WRONGS that are HAPPENING….let the next GENERAL ELECTIONS…be our time to put it RIGHT…!

  59. Littleboy

    “Diabolical forces” (ask Rawle Eastmond who)will always seek to derail the trip to freedom.
    If David Ellis is made a scapegoat and the press silenced for asking a legitimate question, then we in Barbados are in for big trouble “1937 style”.
    Sad to say though, there will be no “big rocks and sticks” this time.
    We must kick this bunch of despotic crooks out and return Barbados to the path of honesty and righteousness!!!

  60. concerned

    I still do not see or hear of anyone I want to vote for. Not B, D or P.
    Is there nobody to stand up and stand out from the crowd? Every politician is silent on the most important issues – freedom of information and the press, integrity, accountability and transparency.

    Are we doomed and to continue to live under this oppression whichever party we choose?

  61. BBC News dot kom

    It “couldn’t happen there”, either!!

    East Timor election ‘manipulated’
    —————————-

    Half the candidates contesting East Timor’s presidential vote next Monday have complained that attempts are being made to manipulate the poll process.

    In a joint statement, they alleged the ruling party had received preferential treatment for its election observers.

    The four also complained of threats of violence and intimidation and asked the UN to guarantee security for the vote.

    ——————————

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6533345.stm

  62. Equally concerned

    Dear Concerned,
    Don’t stand on one leg waiting for some magnanimous political character to stand out from the crowd.
    The days of Winston Churchill are now well behind us. Just get your tail out there and vote FOR CHANGE, regardless of who your local candidate is, whether or not he agrees with your impeccable sense of taste.
    This election is about change, and getting the lesser-of-the-evils IN.
    If you want better quality candidates than Taan Abed, then YOU run as an Independent!

  63. Lollipop

    HEY! Wuh wunna all worry about? You en hear that you got a knight in shining armor, aka Braggart and Blabbermout waiting to come and save Buhbados from de BLP dragon? Kadear, chill out, nuh?

  64. Free the press!!!!

    Hi Inkwell and Reality check. I’m naive to you, but to others I’m principled.

    Since I’m also irrational, you’ll do me the favour of rationally explaining the merits of the Halliburtons of the world, and why we in Barbados should move in this direction??? Good luck.

    As you well know, but playing dumb, the small percentages of cash the corrupt politicians dervive are miniscule compared to the profits that come to the private sector who realise the fruits of such actions. The big money ends up in the private sector, and the politicians are individually/privately remunerated and are wealthy in their own right, wherever they end up going.

    That is why we must NOT give the license to the private sector.

    Private sector will remunerate a politician or two for the favour of receiving the license.

    But THEN, the big money is in where they take the license and run over the next 100 years in Barbados.

    Small people won’t lie down and watch the wool pulled over their eyes without a protest, because they know that in the end it will turn sour, as you guys sell our souls to expensive misery and disinformation.

    Right now government and the aspiring license getters in the private sector are linked together to government by the rope of their conspiracy.

    We aim to stop the license, stop the pandering in order to receive the license, and to cut the rope of this conspiracy.

    In fact I reckon there are several ropes here between govt and BS&L, and Starlcor; and others.

    Cut the rope!
    Take away the issue of license!
    Free the press!
    Free the journalists!
    Power to the people!

    Down with sneaky private sector yardfowls!!!!

    No license!!!!!

  65. BFP Cliverton Not Signed In

    Down with sneaky private sector yardfowls!!!! ???????????????????????????

    Down with sneaky public sector yardfowls!!!!

    😉

  66. No - Name

    Free the press!!!!
    I like what you are saying!…but how do you go about intervening in the age old process.
    How do you get the Minister and the P.S and other influential Gov’t official not to accept bribes that ensure certain private sector entities remain in control for the next 200 years?

    These people continue to sell us out for their narrow self achievements. Gov’t have to power to redistribute wealth and none of the successive parties have had the balls to do so1

  67. Free the press!!!!

    Wish I knew!

    The first thing we the public need to do is recognise the few real threats and make the call to action. The license is one of these.

    If a government attempts to give the license, vote them out!

    Please help, and spread the gospel.

  68. paul sealy

    All it is ,is that the top criminals are so frightened that bajans find out how much they stole,who benefited,who still thiefing and who in line to thief that they will destroy democracy to keep all info a secret,you know how bad they want us to get like CUBA???keep it up my friends….1937 will be a walk in the park compared to the passive bajans that this government will soon convert to the likes or worse than the jamaicans we know.

  69. Pingback: Barbados Blogs and Chats Becoming Bolder « Barbados Free Press

  70. Pingback: Cuban Government Injects Monies Into Barbados Political Party - Should This Be Allowed? « Barbados Free Press

  71. Pingback: Reporters Without Borders “Surprised” At Antigua’s Expulsion Of Journalists « Barbados Free Press

  72. AnferTuto

    Hola faretaste
    mekodinosad