Daily Archives: April 23, 2008

Which Barbados Journalists Have Received Gifts and Trips From Communist China?

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Barbadian Journalists Should Declare Their Junkets And Gifts Whenever They Write An Article About China Or Taiwan

There was a scandal in automotive journalism a few years back when it was discovered that supposedly independent reviewers of automobiles had long been receiving gifts and benefits from automotive manufacturers. While there were at the time no hard rules about where the lines should be drawn, it was a certainty that when an automotive reviewer was found to be “test driving” a new Ford for two years straight that he had stepped over the line. As I recall, his wife was permanently “test driving” a new Mustang too!

Similarly, when Chevrolet flew New York City journalists and their wives and children to Hawaii for a two week “test drive” of a new model in the middle of a brutal NYC winter, one could naturally assume that it would be difficult for the journalists to pan the product. Years later, journalistic integrity by auto reviewers is still a hot topic. (one story here)

Similarly, legitimate travel journalists are not allowed to accept free junkets and any editor who wants to retain their job in the industry had better be asking for the receipts that should accompany a travel review. Any exceptions are declared.

As the end-users of the news media become more savvy, the oldstream Barbados media will be called upon to pay more attention to issues of journalistic transparency, accountability and ethical reporting…

… and the oldstream media had better respond or they will make a mockery of themselves.

Barbadian Journalists On A Free Junket To China

According to the Barbados Advocate, “a delegation of Barbadian journalists who are on a familiarisation tour in China ahead of an official visit of the Prime Minister, David Thompson next month…”

Leading the delegation of journalists, again according to the Barbados Advocate, is “Principal Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, Hartley Henry…” (Barbados Advocate story here)

I am not foolish enough to believe that Barbadian journalists or their organisations are paying for this trip to China. Nor do I believe that the government of Barbados paid for our journalists to go to China – although even if they did it should be declared to readers.

Nope, I believe that the government of Communist China paid for the trip and that it is all part of their massive effort to purchase the loyalty of smaller governments and media organisations. To buy silence and blindness about China’s human rights violations.

It was no coincidence that each year on the June 4th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre the Barbados newspapers are always full of positive stories about China. As we said in our article Barbados Media Forgets Anniversary – China’s Tiananmen Square Massacre

“The (June 4th) Barbados Advocate article fairly gushes with celebration over the ongoing Communist Chinese “grants”, construction funds, scholarships and training programmes that Barbados has received over the years. This time, the Communists are giving us another 2 million dollars for some unspecified purpose…. all for purely altruistic, unselfish reasons, of course.

So we find it convenient to not mention the anniversary of the Chinese Communist massacre of teenagers on the same weekend as we grovel for another big cheque and some other handouts.

Probably just a coincidence that the Chinese arrived with a cheque on the anniversary.”

Barbados Citizens Deserve To Know Which Journalists Received Chinese Gifts & Travel

It is all about transparency. When a financial journalist reports on a company in which he owns stock, he declares his holdings so the public can judge for themselves.

When a Barbados journalist writes about China or Taiwan, the readers should be made aware of any potential conflicts of interest by the journalist and that includes free travel and gifts from the People’s Republic of China. Travel and gifts should be declared up front and printed with the journalist’s article in the news media.

Let us hear what journalists Carl Moore, David Ellis, Ricky Singh, CBC’s Head of News Richard Cox, Nation News associate editor Eric Smith and Barbados Advocate journalist Nicholas Cox have to say about free junkets to China and whether the oldstream media should be making their readers and viewers aware of the gifts and benefits that they and their comrades receive from the Communist Chinese.


Filed under Barbados, China, Corruption, Ethics, Freedom Of The Press, Human Rights, News Media

Will Barbados Prime Minister Thompson Tour Any Chinese Slave Labour Camps?

A Barbados Prime Minister Would Never Have Visited Apartheid South Africa – But These Are Chinese Slaves, Not Black, So This Visit Is OK!

Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson is off to Communist China next month for his first state visit to a country that has an active slave labour camp system.

Paving the way for him right now are, according to the Barbados Advocate, “a delegation of Barbadian journalists who are on a familiarisation tour in China ahead of an official visit of the Prime Minister, David Thompson next month…”

Leading the delegation of journalists, again according to the Barbados Advocate, is “Principal Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, Hartley Henry…”

Any thoughts on who is picking up the tab for the Barbadian journalists?

As a guess, I’d have to say that there is NO WAY the Barbados Advocate, the Nation News or the CBC are paying for their journalists to spend three weeks in China. So is the Barbados government paying for the journalists and Mr. Henry?

Guess again, folks.

When all those positive stories about our Chinese Communist friends start to appear in the Barbados media, do you think they will be accompanied by a disclaimer that says “Oh, bye the way, our editor accepted an all expenses paid trip from the Chinese government that we are praising in this article” ?

And… what do you think the chances will be that the Barbados media will be running a story about the Tiananmen Square massacre on the upcoming June 4th anniversary?

“Should we be taking gifts from a Chinese Communist government that relies upon slavery as a vital part of the economy?”

Slave Labour “Vital part of the Chinese economy”

China has a vast ‘laogai’ network of some 1100 ‘reform through labour’ prison camps. They were set up in the 1950s by Chairman Mao with Russian assistance, following the Russian gulag model. Mao had been executing intellectuals and dissidents by the hundreds of thousands until he realised condemning them to slave labour would be just as effective and certainly more productive. That continues to this day and forms a vital part of the Chinese economy.

Chinese Pastor Made A Slave For Handing Out Bibles

China Aid Association has learned that jailed Beijing Pastor Cai Zhuohua, a Protestant pastor who was given a three-year sentence for distributing Bibles (see RLP 353), has been forced to work more than 10 hours a day producing commercial ‘Made in China’ handbags since his transfer to Tianhe Prison in January 2006.

…from Christian Monitor News (link here)

Further Reading…

The Barbados Advocate celebrates our country’s relationship with nation that holds slaves (link here)


Filed under Barbados, China, Culture & Race Issues, Freedom Of The Press, Human Rights, News Media, Politics, Race, Religion, Slavery