Regular BFP reader and commenter Bush Tea wrote the following and sent it to us for publication. BFP has not edited the article at all…
I may be picky, or just plain paranoid, but I have noticed that the Barbados Advocate News has developed the practice of featuring the worse of crime in the Caribbean in their daily editions and they do it in a way that, unless you read the full article, and are knowledgeable of the region, you could easily assume that the situation was a local one.
Now I ask myself why a local newspaper would do this.
Barbados makes a living from tourism. Many of our visitors come here because of the low crime, welcoming nature of the people and friendly, safe environment.
Persons interested in visiting obviously do research- they read the local newspapers, surf the web and so on. It is bad enough that our local crime situation is as bad as it is, but now potential tourist will conclude that it is 2000 times worse based on these ridiculous ‘news’ items out of Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad in particular.
Even in the event that such GORY ‘news’ is worthy of such prominence in a Newspaper in a tourist destination, every other newspaper – even the BLP Nation, places a subheading on the article to clearly indicate the source of the news. (Georgetown, Guyana –October 15) I find it interesting that the Advocate fails to do so.
But then again, this newspaper is only the ‘Barbados’ advocate in that it makes its money here – like the ‘Barbados’ National Bank etc.
In the absence of any good reason to give this false impression to potential tourist and even to alarm some locals, I am forced to wonder if this is not a deliberate scheme to do harm to this country tourism – or at least to bring us down to a level footing with other destinations with which the owners of the Advocate may have stronger ties than they have with Barbados.
This practice is disrespectful, dishonest and unprofessional and I am surprised that our tourism officials have not taken steps to bring it to an end.
Thank God we have two really national news agencies – BU and BFP.