“Banning” Of Barbadian Journalist Reminiscent Of Apartheid Days In South Africa
First the Barbados Government had Adrian Loveridge fired as a part-time journalist writing a weekly column for the Barbados Advocate newspaper. Adrian asked all the wrong questions in his articles and had the nerve to compare what government ministers said a year ago with their current statements, actions and results. (See Cowardly Barbados Advocate Newspaper Caved To Screaming Government Minister)
Then the government Tourism Minister refused to do an interview on the live Brass Tacks radio show if Loveridge was part of the discussion panel. When the radio station’s listeners insisted that Loveridge be part of the panel, the Tourism Minister blustered and threatened and had Adrian Loveridge placed in another studio as the Minister refused to be in the same room and breathe the same air as the banned journalist. (See Barbados Minister Of Tourism Dictates To Cowardly StarCom Network – “Adrian Loveridge Not Allowed On Brass Tacks Radio Show Panel”)
During that talk show, the host (David Ellis) made the mistake of reading an email from a listener who asked Minister Noel Lynch how he became a millionaire in just three years on a government salary. (See Barbados Tourism Minister Storms Off Radio Show – Audio Now Available!
When the dust settled on that one, Ellis had apologised for doing his job, the radio station handed over some sixty thousand dollars to the Minister and promised to never again ask any government member about their personal wealth. (See BFP’s Cowardly Voice Of Barbados Radio Promises To Never Again Ask How Politicians Become Overnight Millionaires)
Then Adrian Loveridge had a really bad day… there was an arson at his hotel, a burglary into the hotel’s kitchen and a ladder was placed up against his bedroom window in the small hours of the night… all within 24 hours. That’s quite the message to any journalist to “back off”! (See BFP’s Arson, Burglary, Bedroom Spying – Three Separate Incidents Make A Bad Day For Fired Barbados Journalist Who Is Critical Of Government)
Meanwhile, the official government BLP Blog happily connected to and featured another blog that makes continual death threats against Adrian Loveridge, his family and his hotel business.
Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Banned Journalist? Not So Fast!
Just last week Adrian Loveridge was asked by Nation News columnist Hartley Henry to write a bi-weekly column. Adrian told Barbados Free Press readers about the offer in BFP’s article Nation News Wants Banned Barbadian Journalist Adrian Loveridge To Write Column.
BFP readers were mixed in their response to the job offer of a column for Loveridge at the country’s largest printed circulation newspaper. Would the newpaper censor what Adrian wrote? Would he be limited in topics?
But Adrian said that he had been assured that he would have as much free reign as is possible under Barbados’ archaic libel laws. Besides, as some readers pointed out, Adrian isn’t very original in his writing. Most of his articles follow the pattern “The minister said this a year ago (insert quote) but now is doing this (insert news story).
Hardly the stuff of libel, but more effective journalism than Owen Arthur and his bunch of crooks can take in the light of day.
The “Light At The End Of The Tunnel” Was A Freight Train Of Government Censorship!
Our optimism that the Nation News had finally developed some journalistic integrity lasted about a week. Today we learned that the publisher of the Nation News, Roxanne Gibbs, refused to publish any column by Adrian Loveridge. Here’s what Adrian wrote on our blog…
First of all my very sincere thanks for all the objective comments. While I had thought through some of the implications, BFP readers have also raised a number that frankly I had not fully appreciated.
Again, Thank You.
Anyone, the decision process has been taken out of my hands.
Roxanne Gibbs, according to Hartley Henry has refused to publish my column.
I cannot say that I am altogether suprised, especially in the light of the pressure placed on Anthony Bryan at the Advocate.
Thankfully we still have BFP and Barbados Underground.
The Most Popular Online Barbados News Source Is Still Happy To Publish Adrian Loveridge’s Articles
Don’t worry Adrian, we’re still happy to publish your article at Barbados Free Press. After all, BFP is the number one online news site in the country… even surpassing the Nation News audience by almost 30%! (See BFP’s One Source: Barbados Free Press Online Readership Stats Higher Than All Other Barbados News Sources!)