Barbados Opposition Leader Mottley Has Zero Credibility Calling For Media Freedom!

“CBC cannot only carry his [Parris’] Press conference and that of the Prime Minister, stating that all is well with CLICO, while ignoring everyone else.

“This is an abuse affecting freedom of information and the public’s right to be informed. Above all else, we want Mr Parris to understand that CBC does not stand for CLICO Broadcasting Corporation.”

… Barbados Opposition Leader complains that the CBC news media is protecting the Thompson government and stifling freedom of the press (Nation News: Mottley Calls For Parris To Quit CBC)

BLP Can Dish It Out When In Government, But In Opposition They Can’t Take It!

Poor Mia Mottley and the Barbados Labour Party are crying the blues that the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation is preventing the Opposition Leader from commenting on the CLICO story. The problem as Mottley sees it is that CLICO Chairman (and good friend of the Prime Minister) Leroy Parris is also in charge of the CBC.

We agree with Mottley that this is a terrible conflict of interest and that the government is controlling the news media for political purposes. We agree that there is no excuse for the David Thompson government to behave in such an undemocratic manner.

But let’s turn back the clock a bit, shall we? Remember when Mia Mottley and Owen Arthur were the leaders of the Barbados government?

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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With Mia & Friends…

“So Mia Mottley is calling for justice for BLP supporters. Why didn’t she call for justice for me, when I was editor of the Advocate and was being persecuted almost on a daily basis by the BLP?

The full story of how I was treated by the Barbados Labour Party has not been told but I will do so one day and Barbadians will see what an authoritarian government we had. How we were on the brink of dictatorship because when the press is attacked and bullied into submission, freedom is always in danger.”

… Reudon Eversley as related in BFP’s Former Barbados Advocate Editor Says Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley “Evil As Hell The Lot Of Them”

Mia Mottley Says Internet Blogs, Call-in Shows “Marginalize Parliament”

“In a stunning admission of an elitist intent to repress the rights of citizens to publicly communicate with each other, Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley is calling for regulation of internet blogs and call-in programmes.

As reported in The Nation News (link here), the Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados is calling for changes to our system of government – saying that call-in shows “will continue to predominate” and that internet blogs “marginalize…parliaments and cause disrespect (for the rule of law and institutions that keep our society safe,)”…”

… from BFP’s Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Says Internet Blogs “Marginalize…Parliament” – Calls For Regulation of Blogs, Call-In Shows On Radio, Television

Barbados Opposition Co-Leader Mia Mottley “Electronic International Media Is Dangerous”

Mia wants that pesky uncontrollable news media to be available for the use of the political elites!

To top it all off, Mia is still upset with the lack of government control over that pesky “international electronic media”. Gosh… I wonder who she means by that? Do you think she’s talking about CNN? Nonetheless, whoever she’s talking about – she is desperately frustrated at her inability to control what citizens hear and think about.

… from BFP’s Barbados Opposition Co-Leader Mia Mottley “Electronic International Media Is Dangerous”

BLP Blog Removes Link Threatening Murder Of Journalist

It took seven long months for the Barbados Labour Party to decide to disassociate itself from people who call for the murder and rape of BLP political opponents!

For seven months, Barbados Free Press, Barbados Underground and others have been questioning this shameful and unholy alliance between the Barbados Labour Party and the people who write BFPE and their other five associated websites. How could a legitimate Barbados political party in the year of our Lord 2008 continue to support people who called for the murder and rape of BLP political opponents?

… from BFP’s Barbados Labour Party Blog Removes Link To Website Threatening Murder Of Adrian Loveridge

Owen Arthur’s Strategies For Media Control

When Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur recently warned the country’s largest newspaper to be careful about printing advertisements for the government’s political opposition, he wasn’t doing any more or less than than that grand old expert in media censorship, Fidel Castro. Castro has the art of oppressing journalists down to a science. His thugs still drag off hundreds of people every year for “reeducation” or “disappearing” and the Cuban media never reports a word of it.

But while the Cuban dictator has been ruthless in shutting down opposition or critical media, his two students Hugo Chavez from Venezuela and Owen Arthur from Barbados have  learned to use more sophisticated methods to achieve the same goal.

…from BFP’s Castro Handles Cuban News Media Roughly – Hugo Chavez and Owen Arthur Are Smarter About Their Strategies For Media Control

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27 responses to “Barbados Opposition Leader Mottley Has Zero Credibility Calling For Media Freedom!

  1. Watchman

    yawn.

    meanwhile…over at barbados underground – fresh, interesting articles.

  2. reality check

    double standards and hypocrisy by politicians with respect to press censorship and control should be commented on at every opportunity. People have short memories.

  3. Royalrumble

    Supported by shouts of reminders from the large crowd at the first in a series of BLP public meetings, Opposition Leader, Ms Mottley listed a number of CBC clips that showed that Thompson was never blocked from accessing the newsroom at CBC.

    My real fear though is that Parris is a very arrogant idiot who is not easily controlled. Asked the staff at Clico how he treats them. Neither Thompson nor the executive of the DLP would be able to control Parris once he gets into full flight. When the Dems implored, as they most definitely will, Parris would be a major contributor.

    What is most noteworthy to me is the fact that in just fifteen (15) months of this new Government’s term in office the opposition party can call a public meeting and receive such strong public support. This is instructive and the DLP should sit up and take note.

    The DLP could not have risk calling a public meeting in 1995 following the victory of Arthur and the BLP. In fact, in the general election of 1999 Arthur improved on the number of seats he won in the house in the previous election of 1994 primarily because of his increased popularity.

    I am contending that this DLP administration is losing what little popularity it had prior to January 2008, and it is losing it very quickly. The margins of victory in number of constituencies were very small and the DLP would do well to stop behaving like demagogues and treat people with respect and dignity.

  4. ace

    CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRA P! CRAP ! CRAP!

    CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP !

  5. Foolbert

    BFP, I agree.

    These people had 14 years to grant additional tv licences and refused to do so.
    Now they are complaining that CBC is the only local tv station and appears to be under the control of government.

    Evidently Ms. Mottley believes that ordinary people are stupid and unable to think for themselves.

  6. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    hhahaha, I just love politricks.

  7. RRRicky

    “Fresh interesting articles at BU”

    How interesting can they be if none of them criticize the Thompson government in the least?

  8. Jason

    Barbados Underground has dropped reporting on the Codrington cave in deaths and calls for an inquest. They haven’t written on that subject since the DLP was elected.

    Why not?

  9. Chicago

    Right you are Jason! Recently BU done TWO articles feeding off the Rihanna beating story. (Talk about padding the resume) A story about the bad cricket field in Antigua. OOOOOOOHHHHHH So exciting!!! Fresh!!!! Interesting!!!

    Especially if you have the difficult task of maintaining a blog without seriously criticising your DLP friends. HA HA HA HA

  10. I thought this was well researched and a big laugh – in a sidebar, John DaSilva mentioned on Facebook of his wish for a strong new 3rd party in Barbados, for me – I feel it would be “plus ca change, plus ca meme chose

    I especially like the almost identical pose of the trio, that must have been a pain to locate?

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    BFP says,

    Hi Ian,

    Shona did that up maybe 18 months ago for another article. Some are cropped, rotated to the same position etc. I think she did a wonderful job.

    Robert

  11. J

    Dear BFP you wrote “But while the Cuban dictator has been ruthless in shutting down…media, his student(s) Owen Arthur from Barbados have learned to use more sophisticated methods to achieve the same goal.”

    Ehh!!!!! Ehh!!!!!!

    Wa ya saying then?

    What goal has Arthur achieved?

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    BFP says,

    At the time the article was written Arthur had successfully achieved his domination of the Barbados news media – effectively making it an arm of government and the BLP.

  12. J

    Dear Jason you wrote “Barbados Underground has dropped reporting on the Codrington cave in deaths and calls for an inquest. They haven’t written on that subject since the DLP was elected. Why not?”

    Probably for the same reason that BFP won’t write a single article about the drowning of the Great Carew and the flooding of Weston. And the lack of an inquest into these events.

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    BFP says,

    Dear J.,

    How about writing the article for us? We’ll publish it unedited and unchanged.

  13. J

    Dear BFP you quote Reudon Eversley as writing that “The full story of how I was treated by the Barbados Labour Party has not been told but I will do so one day and Barbadians will see what an authoritarian government we had.”

    Just because you write that Eversley wrote that the BLP was authoritarian does not mean that it was so or is so.

    Tell the truth most of us didn’t notice it because the BLP knows very well to keep out of our faces (and the DLP knows the same thing)

    Authoritarian what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The people of Barbados regularly put political parties in their place (and politicians too)

    A few years ago a politician came canvassing at the home of mine and introduces himself as Dr. So and So.

    She told him “I did not hire you, you are not my doctor, get out of my yard”

    NOTHING hapened to her. Nothing at all, even when the doc unfortunately became a cabinet minister.

  14. reality check

    “She told him “I did not hire you, you are not my doctor, get out of my yard”

    NOTHING hapened to her. Nothing at all, even when the doc unfortunately became a cabinet minister.”

    Aside from three posts in a row ( abusive ), your friend was rude to a politician trying to introduce himself.

    There are many many instances of victimization by Barbadians in authority using the court system, judges, Inland Revenue, health the RBPF etc.

    Start with Ronja Juman and keep going.

    Keep your head in the sand.

    Reudon Eversley needs to stop threatening to expose the BLP and to start writing what he knows. After awhile the posturing becomes meaningless.

  15. Fool me once

    When Mia going to run for the leadership of her party? If she does she going to lose people so sick of her doubletalk.

  16. J

    Dear reality check:

    A householder is under no obligation to be polite to uninvited “guests”.

  17. J

    And reality check.

    It is rude to use an honorific when introducing oneself.

    It is rude to say I am Mr. Brown,or I am Mrs. Smith, or I am Dr. What’s ‘is Name.

    The correct this to say is I am Jane Brown or John Smith etc.

    Owen Arthur should NEVER call himself Mr. Arthur, nor David Thompson Mr. Thompson, nor Mia MOttley Ms. Mottley.

    I of course should always refer to them as Mr. Arthur, Mr. Thompson and Ms. Mottley.

  18. Sargeant

    • @J
    • It is rude to say I am Mr. Brown,or I am Mrs. Smith, or I am Dr. What’s ‘is Name.
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    Why is it rude to introduce oneself as Dr. If it is an earned academic qualification?

  19. A mottley group

    Fool me once
    February 17, 2009 at 1:15 am
    When Mia going to run for the leadership of her party? If she does she going to lose people so sick of her doubletalk.

    My friend only after Owing is finished dragging her thru the mud forwards and backwards.

    She really does have ba__ls to be critical of CBC this the same person that willfully set about closing off access to CBC from the opposition???

    It makes me laugh indeed, now VOB the media public relations arm of the BLP played smart and carried it even if under the guise of a paid advertisement.

    I have never heard a more desperate sickening bunch of political misfits than this lot so assembled called the blp opposition.

    To carry a public meeting to the level of a Minister of Government being said of that it took him 10 years to gain a degree just about explains the levels of despair that has set into opposition politics, but I suppose if coupled with the fact that they have already seen one defector in Hammy Lashley who has seen no wrong in the method or programs of this new Government, it irks at their soul if one can suggest that Mottley, Owing etal have a soul, some may suggest it was sold to the highest bidder sometime ago maybe to change the zoning of lands from zone 1 to non zone 1, but that is another matter.

    More importantly is the fact that the person they cast lies on is a 100 times more effective a representative than what was there before, that is true for just about every elected member of the DLP, meanwhile the blp is crying over might have been had they won the Government last year, more stealing more corruption more women getting work for work under mottley, more work for work under Glyne Clarke.

  20. Show me a perfect human being

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    BFP says,

    So that excuses all Mottley’s anti-democratic behaviour in the past? That makes her sincere now?

  21. wondering

    Dissenting opinion, unfortunately, is not quite an understood concept in Barbados politics and society. It is tolerated but not evaluated as the messenger is shot very early depending on their stripe. You would believe that with Obama’s win that the Republican party has zero credibility. Yet they are still there ,opposing his plan and getting media attention.
    Mottley may have no credibility, but Parris should go and no one else i think, have stated this publicily.

  22. Tony Hall

    This BLP Opposition is a pathetic bunch. Very very sad!!

  23. Dennis Johnson

    Ah! How soon they forget! How long ago was it that VOB was accused of “trying to bring down the BLP Government”? How long ago we were being sued for comments made about BLP Government Ministers? Now we are “The public relations arm of the BLP”?

    When will the independence of the media be recognised? When will freedom of choice and expression be tolerated?

    When will hard questions return to the blogs?

    For example: The PM states that “some radio stations are breaking the law” by carrying “political broadcasts”. Which law? What does that law state? What qualifies as a “political broadcast”? The Prime Minister’s address to a DLP branch? The Opposition Leader’s address at a public meeting? Why has the guilty party [or parties] not been brought to justice?

    Dennis JOhnson

  24. Hants

    BFP check the ip address of “Dennis Johnson” and see if it matches any of the BLP posters.

    As a courtesy you should email the post to Dennis at VOB.

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    BFP says,

    The IP is unknown to us. Somebody please email it to Mr. Johnson so we can double check it. Thanks.

  25. Hants

    New Top Limer heading over from VOB.

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  27. permres

    I would really like to hear Mia Mottley’s considered reaction to the demise of the lawyers representing some oil company accused of toxic waste somewhere off the African coast. It all happened in the British Parliament, and then on the web.

    Apparently the Guardian was gagged, but then the lawyers had to retract because of the twittering which went on!

    How is it going now, Mia?