Barbados Government Beats Media Into Submission
On October 2, 2007, Barbados Underground reported that Voice of Barbados Radio had just paid a politician off from a slush fund to settle a lawsuit. We speculated that it was the infamous Noel Lynch Brass Tacks walkout, and indeed it was. (Nation News: Minister Lynch Awarded $60,000)
As well as having the police physically beat journalists, the Barbados Government uses its control of the courts and cows the media in any way it can. Freedom and democracy be damned – the government has ripped any life and credibility out of the island’s newspapers and broadcasters.
On March 25, 2007, thousands of listeners of the Down To Brass Tacks radio show were stunned as Barbados Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch ran out of the studio after being asked on air to comment about his personal wealth and Integrity Legislation. The emailed question from a listener and comments by moderator David Ellis abruptly ended the Minister’s participation as he angrily ripped off his headphones, stood up and left the studio.
With no disclosure laws in Barbados, Minister Lynch does not have to reveal his assets or where he got them. With no conflict of interest or integrity legislation in Barbados, it is legal that Noel Lynch misused his office to become a millionaire while awarding lucrative government contracts to friends, relatives and associates. Even if he took kickbacks – it is all legal in Barbados. The government has crafted its laws in this manner.
And they sure aren’t going to have some lowly call-in radio show host asking the question in public that is on the tip of every citizen’s tongue: How is it that a politician with nothing can become a millionaire virtually overnight once elected?
Government Owns The Courts Through An Old Friend – The Chief Justice Of Barbados
In any civilised country, the truth is always a defense, but not in Barbados with its oppressive libel laws. In any civilised country, a responsible media knows that it must fight for its right to report the truth. That’s tough to do sometimes and especially in our country where even the Chief Justice is a former Cabinet Minister of the same government. With no impartial and independent justice system, the Barbados media will always be fighting an uphill battle.
No Public Trial Will Be Held
But there will be no battle because Voice of Barbados Radio surrendered without a fight.
IF the spineless cowards at Voice Of Barbados Radio had forced the issue to trial, Noel Lynch could have been put on the spot with questions about the truth of the allegations on Brass Tacks that he became a millionaire while in government.
Voice of Barbados Radio took the easy way out, and now, thanks to their cowardness the Barbados media will never again ask a politician to account for their personal wealth gained while in office.
Welcome to Zimbabwe West, Folks!
Your leaders drive Lexus, BMWs and Mercedes vehicles while they toss you the scraps of your tax dollars that they haven’t yet stolen. If you ask questions, you and your family will be sorry.
Touch on the photo of Noel Lynch (top photo) to hear the recording of the Brass Tacks show where he ran away from the truth.