Barbados Government Mouthpiece Newspaper “Nation News” – Refuses To Publish Column By Adrian Loveridge

“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)

Death Threats

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!)

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15 responses to “Barbados Government Mouthpiece Newspaper “Nation News” – Refuses To Publish Column By Adrian Loveridge

  1. PiedPiper

    Whilst I did not comment at the time that BFP announced that Adrian had been offered a column with The Nation, I had a feeling that something like this would happen. Sometimes when things seem too good to be true they usually are.
    Adrian, I honestly think that in the long run this will be for the best, at least for you on a personal level.
    You have already seen the deep seated anger and anomosity towards you expressed here on the BFP blog and I fear for your safety and the safety of your family.
    If you must, continue to air your views here on BFP where there is freedom of content and strong backing of your views.

  2. theNickster

    If even having the questions exposed to readers causes such an adverse reaction, I can only imagine what the true answers would do. These government creatures just shrivel away when the light of truth goes on them. At least the blogs still work.

  3. OMG

    Welcome to the club Adrian.

    For the past three weeks or more a zillion people have been trying to get the nation and other media to tell the public what they have done or will do with their $500 000 in telethon donations to no avail.

  4. Frankology

    Adrian. I was a bit puzzle when you state Hartley Henry extended an invitation for you to be a columnist. I did remind you in my BU post of your unbiased creditability should not be compromise and you should be in control of your own script. I should have inform you that Mr Henry don’t have any authority to employ anybody on behalf of any newspaper. He can only ask a question. Anyway, we will still enjoy your professional postings within the blogs.

  5. Yardbroom

    I wrote on the 17th October:

    ” How can it be, and why will you be offered a “freedom” that is normally denied most other Barbadian journalists.”

    I just could not see Adrian being allowed to write, with the necessary freedom, to give depth to his articles. For it to occur the “policy” which underpins certain politically motivated organizations would have changed, and that has not happened, as far as I am able to ascertain.

    What has happened – I believe – is that people have put their heads together, at a senior level in the BLP, and they have decided on a different strategy. This new strategic thinking has been forced upon them, because what they are doing is not working, of course they cannot, and will not admit that.

    They have in the past, through ineffective governance and some would say gross arrogance, treated the citizens of Barbados as “invisible people.”

    This policy of ignoring is constant, it was noticed with BFP – it did not matter, they said, people took no notice of it, and it was not mentioned on the radio or in the press, but that has suddenly changed.

    Adrian they said was of no importance, he had nothing to offer that was of value, therefore why should a Government Minister be in the same studio as him, and subject himself to questions, but now there is full acknowledgement of his presence, if not, why attack him so.

    Questions posed about The Four Seasons Project, and the Chinese workers were at first ignored, and then not satisfactorily addressed.

    Most reasonable people taking cognizance of the evidence in the public domain, and the BLP’s reaction to, and efforts to influence events, would conclude that the DLP is not only in the ascendancy, but most worrying for the Government, has hit an incline of support which is gaining momentum.

    The Government’s dilemma is compounded by their right to set the date for an election. This they have so far refused to do, as they hope for a favourable wind, but they have become becalmed, and their delay only allows further in roads into their weakening support.

    The DLP meanwhile, goes onwards and upwards in their climb, even mountainous waves are now taken with calm and assurance, that signifies the Captain is in charge, all hands are on deck and as a steady ship, in control breaks the waves, we can see the safety of shore, as the sun breaks.

  6. BFP

    But Yardbroom, the passengers are saying “How is this ship different than the other ship? It looks like the same version with a different crew of pirates!”

  7. Yardbroom

    BFP
    You can never satisfy all of the people, all of the time that is the “nature” of politics.

    Men/women are what they are, there is nothing divine about them, and no law will make them thus. If we cannot have a modicum of trust in others, we will never be satisfied.

    Our experience has made us wary of events, that I understand, but the reality is what we have, agitate for change, but it is unfair to condemn people, on the evidence of another’s transgressions, unless we have evidence to substantiate opinion.

  8. BFP

    Who and what is it that you refuse to condemn, Yardbroom?

    Thompson? The DLP?

    We have been waiting for years for effective opposition and leadership. We have been waiting for years for the DLP to embrace integrity with real actions – not words.

    Show us actions and our position may soften. Until that time, just more piggies lining up for their turn.

    Or maybe you think that we are too hard on the Nation News?

    You think the words “government mouthpiece” are inaccurate? Please!

  9. Yardbroom

    The Nation and the stance it has taken in Barbadian politics, I will not even address.

    I believe that in our efforts to elicit change we could be in danger of saying those who do not agree with our method of bringing about change, are of no substance – because they do not believe as we do.

    That is a very dangerous position to adopt, if you accept that change is required, and we all do. It is then a question of method.

    We should never believe in arrogance of thought, in that our method is the only way, others being of no substance, because of history.

    No one should believe that their way leads to the Father, and you can only come to the Father through them. There are many ways to reach the Father and the path taken by others might be right, I only hope that the path I have taken and encourages is the right one.

    My only concern is good governance of Barbados, the labels do not matter to me, as much as the governance itself.

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    BFP Comments

    Well said, Yardbroom.

    We’re thinking that if the DLP doesn’t exhibit actions consistent with a total commitment to integrity legislation etc., that independent “spoiler” candidates are the only way. Never mind a third party – just independent candidates who will raise the integrity flag. No, they won’t win… but you don’t have to win to impact the system.

  10. Anonymous

    Yardbroom says to BFP:”It is unfair to condemn people on the evidence of another’s transgression…”

    This is the crux of it right there Yardbroom.

    BFP,and I may be wrong but I believe especially Cliverton has been unrelenting in their characterisation of this new DLP team as ‘Piggies at the Trough’ or in other words just as corrupt as the BLP – and this is based solely on the thievin and corrupt practices of this BLP politicians.

    Some of the members of the DLP team are persons new to the political environ,and new to public life – yet the BFP thinks it is right to taint these new DLP members with the same brush as the corrupt BLP – of course to the delight of the BLP and their supporters.

    So if we believe the BFP that the DLP is as corrupt as the BLP – only because the DLP didnot declare in parliament that their members would instantly declare their assets – even though in every public forum where they have addressed the voters and the media they have done so – which in BFP’s view make them as corrupt as Owen et al then;

    Ask yourself what is the consequence of this and who would benefit?

    Since we know about 45% of the electorate represent uncertain voters and there is about 25% hardcore supporters on both the DLP and the Blp side – with the remaining 5% being persons who tradtionally don’t vote – then what do we have?

    We may possibly have a large chunk of that 45% uncertain voters deciding well according to the BFP ‘the DLP is just as corrupt as the BLP’ so I’m not voting.

    Now depending on how the party support is spread,that is if the DLP or BLP 25% is spread across the 30 constituencies or if it is bunched up in st michael or the rural areas mainly – since wining is dependent on first past the post in the constituency – then no matter how low the turnout – or no matter how high one party votes are islandwide, if they don’t win in their constituencies because thier voter spread is not as large across the island, then we may have unintended consequences.

    That is,sadly we will may have to suffer the harsh and corrupt reign of another BLP administration;

    and then BFP will tell us what?

    Let’s keep hammering at them on these blogs?

    By then we may have already been packed off to Guyana or on Pelican island while the wealthy expatriates rule our fair land.

    Is that what we reaaly want?

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    BFP Comments

    Independent candidates each with an agenda of integrity might get the DLP to really action integrity rather than merely speak a few words.

    For two years, we’ve been told by the DLP to “you just wait” for their coming integrity initiative. We don’t believe them. Fine words, no action, no real intent.

  11. Backra Johnny

    BFP .. At the outset let me say that I have no connections to any political party. I have voted for both parties in past elections.

    Having said that, let me state that I feel you are being unfairly harsh in your critisism of the DLP.

    Most of us on this blog agree that change is needed, and if the government is defeated and the DLP come into office, I will risk to bet that change will be needed again in 10 or 15 years (hopefully not 5).

    My point is that no government anywhere in the world is perfect and that is why we have elections in a democracy.

    I can not understand why you would take this position against the only viable opposition we have.

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    BFP Comments

    We have addressed this issue in the past and will reprint one of our articles. The DLP have an internal conflict about how far to go with integrity rules and such. We know that.

    So far they have provided only words that are not that much different from the BLP and no different than all the promises both parties have been making for decades.

    Won’t get fooled again.

  12. Hi BFP:

    You stated: “But Adrian said that he had been assured that he would have as much free reign as is possible under Barbados’ archaic libel laws.”

    Please be advised that one cannot be charged with libel or slander in Barbados; but one can be charged with defamation. Having read some of the postings here, you need to be careful that you do not cross that line. I would also suggest that you moderate the comments that appear to be malice based for which there are no defences in the Act.

    The Defamation Act can be accessed here: http://www.caricomlaw.org/doc.php?id=323

    In my opinion, it is a fair act, and proclaimed in 1996, it cannot be considered to be archaic.

    Regards,
    Researching

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