Barbados Advocate Fired Journalist Adrian Loveridge Because A Cabinet Minister Wanted It Done – Now The Paper Cries The Blues…

The truth is that the legal and cultural environment which would facilitate the investigative journalism after which Mr. Thompson so plainly yearns simply does not exist at present in Barbados. First, the concept of freedom of access to information which would permit journalistic reference to official documentary as opposed to merely anecdotal evidence still awaits parliamentary sanction; second, it is still the case here that the threat of a suit for defamation operates as an effective chill on publication, given the reluctance of the media houses to become embroiled in the complexities of defamation law; and third, perhaps owing to the first two, there is no history of conviction or indeed even trial for political graft in these parts. In such a context, the journalist can scarcely be blamed for a reluctance to meddle into these affairs of state.

Of similar vein is the probable explanation for the alleged silence of the “editorial writers and columnists” berated by the Prime Minister. While Mr. Thompson and his Cabinet are to be commended for having transacted the people’s business with nary a whiff of corruption for over one year now, the reality is that even if perchance they had engaged in such dastardly acts, there would be none capable of proving it. And in the absence of integrity legislation there is no legal compulsion to act ethically, never mind the improbability of any sanction being applied.

… from the Barbados Advocate editorial Responsible Journalism

Barbadian Newspapers Silent On Witness Threats & Intimidation

The editorial of the Barbados Advocate is laughable considering some of the stories we’ve covered over the past three years…

December 3, 2008 Barbados Government Against Witness Intimidation – Unless Done By Powerful Government Insiders

July 22, 2008 Nation News Finally Discovers That Barbados Police Don’t Give A Damn About Rule Of Law

March 31, 2008 Barbados Labour Party Blog Removes Link To Website Threatening Murder Of Adrian Loveridge

November 5, 2007: We Publish All The Documents: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal

January 23, 2007 Cowardly Barbados Advocate Newspaper Caved To Screaming Government Minister

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24 responses to “Barbados Advocate Fired Journalist Adrian Loveridge Because A Cabinet Minister Wanted It Done – Now The Paper Cries The Blues…

  1. INDENTURED SERVANT

    No Government in power in Barbados is going to change the archaic laws governing defamation, etc. BECAUSE they don’t want themselves ever to be publically exposed. But this is where the blogs are letting the cats out of the bags and why you, BFP, must keep on trucking.

    It’s the same thing with prosecuting dishonest politicians. the DLP is not going to prosecute BLP operatives because they fear when the BLP is “in” they will reciprocate….

    Life goes on.

  2. John

    Does anybody know for sure what happened yesterday with ATM’s?

    I went to FCIB and could not use my ATM card because as the screen said, “We are experiencing Communication problems”.

    I waited, with others, to see what happened with other persons and we observed that only persons with FCIB cards could get money out of the machine.

    Other banks’ ATM cards would not work and received the same message.

    We reckoned the telephone system was acting up. This seemed to fit with what was observed.

    I went to the supermarket last night and made a point of asking the cashier if debit cards were working and was told yes, they gone back working now.

    Today I read in the paper that only FCIB had a problem and that stemmed from a change they had made to applying bank charges.

    What I understand the paper to be saying is that all FCIB accounts ceased to exist for a short time and it was if no one had an account with that bank!!!!!!!!!

    Anybody can shed some light?

    This explanation doesn’t tally with my observations.

    There seems to have been another problem as well.

  3. John

    … it is just that I don’t believe the papers!!!

  4. Green Monkey

    I had problems using my Butterfield debit card yesterday morning (Wed). The first time I used it the transaction took ages to process, but finally went through. The second time, the transaction didn’t go through at all and I had to use cash. The cashier muttered something under he breath about, “all these cards like they got problems today.” I am not sure if she was referring just to all Butterfield cards or to all debit cards in general.

  5. Equilibrium

    well since persons are commenting on things other than the article above maybe i should do the same too…

    did anyone read into that unfortunate incident of that school buy buggering a sheep? is this what our society is coming to?

    well according to joey harper it was a thing of initiation back in the good old days…

  6. Indentured Servant said:

    No Government in power in Barbados is going to change the archaic laws governing defamation, etc. BECAUSE they don’t want themselves ever to be publically exposed. But this is where the blogs are letting the cats out of the bags and why you, BFP, must keep on trucking.

    It’s the same thing with prosecuting dishonest politicians. the DLP is not going to prosecute BLP operatives because they fear when the BLP is “in” they will reciprocate….

    Life goes on.

    ================================

    totally agree

  7. If going into great detail about a boy buggering a sheep is responsible journalism, no exposing corruption of any kind will make the papers.

  8. Fred

    notbajan
    If going into great detail about a boy buggering a sheep is responsible journalism, no exposing corruption of any kind will make the papers.
    _________________________________

    It depends. Was the sheep good looking?

  9. J

    A FCIB official is quoted as saying “The computer would have read a basic zero balance”

    Can someone explain to me the difference between a basic zero and an embellished zero?

  10. Beefcake

    If the Editors of the Advocate really wanted a change, then their editorial should have been focused on demanding changes, with a headline reflecting that, and make it into a follow up front page story.

    Instead, they are offering an apology for the status quo.

  11. 199

    Having glimpsed the Advocate’s article it rather looks as though the PM is a reader of your blob, BFP and desires the same objectives as you re: journalists and journalism!!

    Bet you’re sorry for all the horrid things you said about him, now!!

  12. Sargeant

    These computer glitches happen from time to time when the banks apply new software upgrades to their system without the proper tests. That it happened to FCIB was not surprising, it has happened to their parent CIBC a couple of times in Canada and as I recall it has also happened to RBC. The new wrinkle is that the accounts were closed, I am not sure that is correct but if the bank’s spokesperson said that, who am I to argue?

    I suppose one aggravating factor is the CLICO issue as customers were likely to connect the two events.

    At least they got the system up and running the same day, both the public and the media here are vociferous in their complaints when it takes more than one day and there are millions of customers affected.

  13. HOODWINKED

    J, on February 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm asks ~

    Can someone explain to me the difference between a basic zero and an embellished zero?

    Well. A basic zero you know. An embellished zero is written in such a way that you don’t know if it’s an 0 or an O or a 6 or 9. It is meant to befuddle … if you understand.

  14. J

    Dear Hoodwinked:

    wink, wink.

  15. John

    I am told there were once more problems today.

    The papers need to by all means check FCIB but they also need to check LIME and CARIFS.

    Maybe it is only FCIB but …..

  16. Sargeant

    And they say the media doesn’t pay any attention to the blogs. I firmly believe that the call for investigative journalism from some bloggers is what prompted the Advocate to publish this editorial.

    I don’t think that they would have published it two years ago but it is an indication that some of the fear that some journalists have for powerful politicians has dissipated (midnight and foreday morning calls tend to get people scared) and progress has been made.

    However there will be no investigative journalism in Barbados anytime soon, the reason? The relationship between the executives of the various media houses and those who would be the object of any investigation is too close, and they are often bound by family or business ties. They want to avoid any nasty fight in the corporate boardroom or at the family dining table in the event of any unpleasant story.

    The upshot is that investigative stories will be left to the blogs who may not get all the facts right but will get most of the story to generate discussion and satisfy their readers.

    That is the best we can hope for.

  17. Sargeant

    Is it me or has anyone noticed that the layout of the online editions of the Express and the Guardian is superior to those of the Nation and Advocate?

    Just asking

  18. Sargeant

    @John DaSilva

    Wuhloss, they make us look like poor provincial cousins, The Advocate just upgraded to barely tolerable but who calling the shots at the Nation anyway?

  19. Hants

    BFP 7Marcus7

    I just saw your videos and listened to BFP radio on youtube.

  20. 199

    Sorry, BFP, for earlier typo. Meant to say “your blog”!!

    Fellow posters might like to reflect that the original subject of this thread is infinitely, more important than the temporary, unavailability of ATMs or debit or credit cards and return your attention to the subject in hand!!

  21. condo man

    I suppose CLICO doesn’t warrent any articles from
    you. If it was the BLP you would be all over it

    ***************

    BFP says…

    Please see Clico On Life Support – Will Barbados Prime Minister Thompson Favour His Patron Leroy Parris, Or The People Of Barbados?

    If you wish to discuss CLICO, that article of 5 days ago would be a good place. Or…. you could write a new article with your opinions and we would be happy to publish it.

    Thanks!

    George

  22. John

    … by George!!!

    An old time saying!!

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