Irony Defined: Barbados Prime Minister Thompson In Cuba For Caribbean Broadcasting Union Meeting – Keeping His Mouth Shut About Jailed Cuban Journalists

Prime Minister David Thompson

Prime Minister David Thompson

Barbados Government Confers Legitimacy Upon The Cuban Government & News Media While Ignoring Freedom Of The Press & Abused Journalists

The Cuban News Agency released a story that Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson is in Cuba for a meeting of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union. CBU is apparently a non-governmental organisation based in Barbados and does not have an operating website that we could find. A Cuban-sourced story in Caribbean News Net says this about the CBU meeting…

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN): Havana is hosting the 39th General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) beginning Tuesday.

The organization, of which Cuba is a member country, groups radio and TV entities in the Caribbean region. The CBU is a non-governmental organization based in Barbados which supports and promotes high quality work of radio and TV private or public entities.

The Havana meeting will focus on common interests of all 23 CBU member countries, including the need for personnel training and entity performance.

Participants will also assess the treatment given by TV and radio stations to subjects such as HIV AIDS and the ongoing campaign against the disease.

The Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT), as the host to the event, has organized a program, which includes a visit by participants to the Cuban HIV-AIDS National Prevention Center, a Havana neighborhood where they will exchange with community members, and a gala in the recently refurbished Bertolt Brecht Theater.

The CBU General Assembly will hold working sessions until next Saturday at the Havana-based Melia Cohiba Hotel. Many countries with the CBU are also members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), while 18 of them are part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Another Place To Spend Your Tax Dollars – But Is It Worth It?

We found some entries in Wikipedia that indicate the production work of the CBU was taken over by the Caribbean Media Corporation, and that the Government of Barbados is or was supporting the Caribbean Media Corporation with your tax dollars and resources.

Interesting – I did not know that.

Closer examination shows that both the CBU and the Caribbean Media Corporation appear to be tools in the attempt to advance CARICOM unity.

Yup… interesting what a few quick online searches will reveal.

Cuba Jails Arrests, Beats, Jails AIDS Activist

Yup… check out the story of Yuri Martinez Sanchez at The Real Cuba. I bet his name won’t be mentioned at the CBU Havana conference by anyone: including our Prime Minister.

Remembering Abused Cuban Journalists

We are disappointed that Prime Minister Thompson will be providing legitimacy to the Cuban news media and the despotic Cuban government without publicly mentioning the plight of jailed reporters, librarians and others who dare to believe in Freedom of the Press in that police state.

After former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was photographed with his arm around Fidel Castro and actually holding hands like lovers with the bearded despot, we had hoped for better from our new Prime Minister, David Thompson.

Oh well… we’re getting used to things being the same old, same old ’bout hey.

Further Reading

ACN – Cuban News Agency: Barbados Prime Minister in Cuba For CBU Meeting

Caribbean Net News: Caribbean Broadcasting Union Meets In Havana

Wikipedia: Caribbean Broadcasting Union

Wikipedia: Caribbean Media Corporation

The Real Cuba: Beaten Cuban Journalists & Librarians


Filed under Barbados, Cuba, Freedom Of The Press, Human Rights

9 responses to “Irony Defined: Barbados Prime Minister Thompson In Cuba For Caribbean Broadcasting Union Meeting – Keeping His Mouth Shut About Jailed Cuban Journalists

  1. I love the irony

    Not what you imply as irony, but rather how much the blogs and the commentators so vocally assured the country that this new government would be different.

    Oh, how the tune had changed. Over at BU I was shocked to read a few days ago the many positive comments about the flyovers and how they should still be built. A few months ago any positive comments of this type were blasted! Perhaps there were more DLP operatives online then.

    Politicians are all the same – I just hope that this new government will be able to get things done. That is, things that do not lead to me paying out all my savings for gasoline.

    BFP, how about an article on local gas prices now that a barrel of oil is at $116. Shouldn’t an adjustment be made to the pump prices again now that is seems as though $145 was an aberration? This government is bleeding me dry.


    BFP says…

    Just for the record, BFP NEVER assured anyone that the DLP would be different from the BLP. Quite the opposite… we were calling both parties piggies at the trough and we never stopped. When Thompson promised Integrity Legislation at the very last moment and copied and pasted it from the web we doubted him, but said we would give him a chance.

    We gave him a chance, Thompson lied.

    We NEVER said anything that anyone could even remotely consider to indicate the DLP would be any different than the BLP.

  2. The scout

    Now you see why I don’t get caught up in all the hurray about supporting any party? They are all the same, just new faces. The other gov,ment were fluctuating the oil price according to the crude oil price. Are we now in line for a deduction in the gas prices at the pump? By the way, It seems our P.M is running the government from overseas, alfer all he got private planes to fly around in so he’s right to take advantage of his new toy/s.

  3. reality check

    both countries have local media that is controlled and is used as an instrument of the political organization in power.

    The absence of a free press is what gives way to the arbitrary abuse of power in both Cuba and Barbados as well as the suppression of basic human rights.

    Are we surprised that Thompson would not have the intestinal fortitude to mention these abuses just because Cuba is hosting?

    Cuba might ask him the same question. Better to say nothing just like not investigating Veco and 3S fraud.

  4. The scout

    Reality Check
    You alright Mr Thompson new on the scene, he can’t go muddying water yet. Right now he begging fa friends

  5. (6 for a 9)

    i believe that bajan gas prices were set when the price was $114.00 per barrel.

  6. rumboy

    It’s funny though how all these stories originate in Miami from people whose ancestors had to flee, wonder why.

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  8. Jerome Hinds


    PM Thompson is doing a fine job…you should have been in Denver USA last week to hear the tremendous accolades he and his government received when we entered the stadium to hear Obama’ s historic speech…phenomenal !

    About Cuba……due to his illness……it is was a pity Comarade Fidel was unable to meet with PM Thompson……I am sure some of the concerns
    ( you allegded to be occuring in Cuba ) would have been discussed !

    We earnestly hope that on another occasion his brother ( Raul ) would be able to entertain us !

    However, we were there primarily for the CBU event.

    Cheers, to all .

  9. Hants

    @ Jerome Hinds

    Do you have a “mission” planned to talk to Harper before the October 14th Election in Canada.

    Harper still intends to stop Canadians from using offshore tax havens if he is reelected with a majority.

    Obama also threatens to stop Americans from using Tax havens.

    Trouble on the horizon?