Government Suppression Of Barbados News Media Continues
(Prime Minister Owen Arthur) also called for balance in the media, especially THE NATION newspaper which he urged to avoid manipulation by the DLP.
“There is a deliberate attempt to manipulate public opinion in this country and it is being led by certain persons who have the leadership of THE NATION newspaper … the Labour Party is nearly 70 years old and we have gone through the hottest fires and have come out our finest stage.”
… Nation News report on PM’s speech at Mia Mottley’s nomination (link here)
Irony And Much Truth In Owen Arthur’s Statement
The very day that the Nation News dared to print a citizens’ group advertisement that asks damning questions about the Hardwood Housing scandal, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to show his displeasure with the paper’s management for being so disloyal to the government.
Oh, the message was couched in somewhat innocuous language, but make no mistake friends – the Nation News has just been warned by the Prime Minister to behave itself and continue to act as a government mouthpiece.
The irony of the situation comes from the truth of Arthur’s statement that “There is a deliberate attempt to manipulate public opinion in this country and it is being led by certain persons who have the leadership of THE NATION newspaper”
For years the Nation Newspaper has protected the government by withholding facts and news from the Barbados public. Major news stories are often ignored or only partially reported weeks after the fact if they embarrass the government. The Nation News has been the government’s lapdog for years, and so far remains a good little doggy except for this one doo-doo.
This latest citizens’ advertisement was not hard-hitting investigative journalism by The Nation News – it was a paid advert that the senior management didn’t want to run but had to out of shear embarrassment. (See BFP’s Source: Nation News Printed Controversial Hardwood Advert Because Of Barbados Blogs)
Nation News Deliberately Ignores The Ronja Juman Story
Charles Leacock QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions for Barbados, misused his power to have the police harass his former tenant to collect back rent. He had a corrupt police officer named Sgt. Paul Vaughan use an illegal, blank pre-signed search warrant to raid the home of Mrs. Ronja Juman in the middle of the night. Her family was terrorized and she was dragged off to the police station and subjected to a vaginal search to humiliate and further terrorize her.
Over back rent.
During a kangaroo court trial the judge fraudulently changed the court records and the Director of Public Prosecutions acted as both a private complainant and in his official capacity. The “accused” Ronja Juman * was not allowed a lawyer at her trial.
The court documents that prove all this are posted online for all to see right here.
But the Nation News will not cover the story.
The Prime Minister shouldn’t be too worried. His faithful media lapdog made a small doo-doo in publishing the Hardwood Housing advertisement, but it is a mistake that the cowardly dog of a newspaper probably won’t make again.
* * (Mrs. Juman’s first name is spelled two ways in various court documents “Ronya” and “Ronja”)