Has Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss truly left the porn industry behind?

The pornography industry enslaves

by BFP reader Gloria

Recently I read the Nation opinion piece by Fabianna Alexander about porn not good for children and it reminded me of something that Mia Mottley claimed about Health Minister Inniss during the last election campaign.

Mia Mottley claimed that in 2001 Donville Inniss managed a company that operated a porn internet website. She said that Inniss “resigned” from the company some 10 months after being confronted with his involvement in the pornographic industry.

Did Minister Innis really divest himself from the prono industry in 2002? I have my doubts.

I’d like to know if Minister Inniss divorced himself in every way from the porn industry. Were his interests transferred to any family member? Were they sold? What became of the money? Did he take any campaign funding from any of his porn industry associates?

Due to the nature of our defamation laws the Barbados news papers did not follow up on this story. I want to know if Donville Inniss or any of his close family members are still associated in any way with the internet porn industry.

Mr. Inniss, can you answer when you and your family divested all connections to the porn industry? What date was that?

Be truthful, Mr. Inniss.

Yours truly,

Gloria

Here is The Nation story from January 04, 2008…

MIA: DLP LAST TO SPEAK ON VALUES

THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP) has no moral authority to talk to the Barbadian people about values and integrity.

Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley stressed this during her address to a large crowd gathered at the Bay Street Esplanade for the official launch of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) 2008 campaign on Wednesday night.

She said DLP leader David Thompson’s endorsement of St James South candidate Donville Inniss was testimony to the fact that the DLP did not really care about values and was power hungry.

Stating that people in Barbados seemed to have short memories, Mottley said she wished to remind them of an important event back in 2001 when Inniss, as a businessman, was identified in the operation of an Internet website that featured nude broadcasters.

Holding up an enlarged copy of a 2001 SUNDAY SUN newspaper article, Mottley said the story dealt with a Barbados-based offshore company, managed by Inniss, that operated Nakednews.com.

She said the site had an average of six million visitors per month, and was among the world’s fastest growing Internet sites, but the operations of the Canadian company EGalaxy Incorporated, managed locally by Inniss through his own company Global Overseas Limited, had come under scrutiny.

“When questioned about the site, Donville Inniss would only say: ‘I am not privy to disclose any details about EGalaxy Inc.’

“He didn’t say he didn’t know. He didn’t say what it was about, he just said that he was not privy to disclose details,” Mottley told the crowd.

She said Inniss was the sole director of the company which was formed in June 2000.

On May 4, 2001, Mottley said Inniss disclosed he was resigning right away but in fact he did not resign until March 1, 2002, ten months later.
Against this background, Mottley said Thompson had endorsed Inniss as a DLP candidate and was talking about morality and integrity and calling for integrity in public office.

“I say to you that as leader of the DLP, his mere endorsement of a candidate whose involvement was stated in THE NATION newspaper, prior to his becoming a candidate, tells you that it is all talk and all about winning power in this country,” said Mottley. (BB)

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22 responses to “Has Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss truly left the porn industry behind?

  1. KY Rub

    Open secret. Inniss had many porno websites long after 2002.

    I wait with baited breath to hear a regular Barbados journalist ask the Minister of Health for the date that he divested the last connection to the porn industry.

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Health Minister to come clean. It’s not going to happen.

  2. Thanks Gloria, for keeping this issue alive.

    Could anyone tell me of any Barbadian politician (past or present; BLP, DLP, or who), who have an ethical or moral leg to stand on?

    I often chuckle when someone like Mia Mottley
    talks about morality. (“You are black!” the kettle said to the pot)

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  4. Russell

    Naked News?! Come on. NN is to porn what a skateboard is to transportation. Let’s not get drawn into political mudslinging. Barbados has bigger problems.

  5. TheNickster

    Think he handed to reigns to Noel Lynch, he’s got time on his hands now…

  6. Gloria

    Russell will eat those words when the truth comes out.

  7. Jokers

    WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE I HEARING. YOu telling me that an elect minister, a representer of the people; a role model; a witholder of the law IS A PERVERT? What type of joker smoker we got here. So ya telling me ya could be anything and be elected minister. Orright I running next election. Got to get me some free money, porn….wait I do not need any porn as minister I cud thief or get some draw backs (same thing different shite) and get me any girl I want.

  8. Nicksti

    And what is the truth Gloria? All Russell is saying is Naked News, which may fall under the classification of pornographic material in the eyes of some, is not the same as the kind of other pornographic material that can be found on the Internet.

    I actually watched Naked News once before this scandal broke during elections. For those who do not know, it is a news broadcast where women strip naked and deliver world news. The matter in which they strip is quite robotic; it looks like someone is saying “the bra comes off…. now” and the women comply.

    Is this decaying the moral fabric of Barbados? I agree with Russell that NakedNews is very low on the contributing factors list.

  9. Questions & Observation

    That photo at the top comes from one of his websites doesn’t it, BFP?

  10. Hot stuff

    Free press please answer the question about the photo. Is it from the man’s website?

  11. BFP

    Hello Hot stuff (?)

    In answer to your question, we were sent a photo with the article and that is it after cropping so we could post it here. Is it a photo from a website having something to do with the Minister of Health? We don’t know. It could be only a photo sent to illustrate the article by the anonymous writer “Gloria”.

    Perhaps there will be more coming on this story or maybe that is all that “Gloria” knows. Gloria… please answer the question as to whether this photo has something to do directly with the Minister of Health.

  12. bad side of town

    How much of the bad things our children see on the internet is because of website porn that Donville had a part in?

    Inniss should read this Advocate opinion piece

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=columnists&NewsID=12376

  13. Nicksti

    How much of the bad things our children see on the internet is because of website porn that Donville had a part in?

    This is how we take things too far to get our point across.

    So then can I use the same reasoning to ban alcohol and ciragettes because our children are exposed to them? These things carry an age limit and are not to be in the possession of minors. What about Rated R movies that kids can easily view on the Internet? I know what needs to be done – Ban the Internet!

    But I bet you would not carry the argument that far.

  14. Mobert

    ‘Is it a photo from a website having something to do with the Minister of Health? We don’t know’

    Then the headline is deliberately misleading and deliberately sensationalistic. National Enquirer style.

    But, I missed Mottley’s very biting comments quoted in the nation. Thanks for posting.

  15. The Watcher

    Is this really news-worthy?
    He managed a website…?
    Please lets get on with the business of bringing the country to financial and economic strength. Is this is supposedly being touted as possibly corrupting public morals then we’ll have to shut down rum-shops across barbados too!

  16. iWatchya

    Note: BIM does have laws about pornography….

  17. Boy blue

    this is bare political foolishness. Inniss surprising success to date with health issues would make him a target for BLP pickings. Mia failed on the recent QEH impasse and her folks now see raising a useless dead issue as a way of attacking a seemingly successful Minister.

    The issue of NN was investigated by the Canadian authorities in 2003 at the request of the then BLP government to get at a rising DEM. Report came back indicating that NN was not produced in or directed by any Barbados entity or person. Some associated intellectual property was owned by a Barbados entity for legitimate tax purposes. The BLP government was forced to accept that and could take no further action.

    Since then Mr. Inniss was the subject of much unfortunate treatment by the then Government. I admired him because he kept quiet and still worked with us then to help develop the international business sector including serving on the board of BIBA.

    In this business there are folks who would use your name, address and telephone number to get any thing done. Look at what happened to Ian Walcott. Arrested in USA and asked to prove his innocence for something he did not commit. He was harassed at home and is now living in Brazil. Mr.Inniss did not run and hide. He stayed put and worked hard for his family and community.

    I have worked in the international business field for 25 years both in government and private sector. It pays very well but comes with great risks. I can certainly point to prominent lawyers and accountants here who are engaged in supporting some of the most unethical, immoral and border line illegal businesses in this sector. No one exposes them for that. They are held up as heroes to our youths. They are in both political parties.

    This is not a case of two wrongs making a right. It is about personal political vendettas.

    Let us discuss serious issues. Morality is a serious national issue but not NN crap! The govt wants to expand gambling, lots of strip joints around, blacks need more business, water rates high, cost of living high, cannot find a job. I rather discuss such. If Minister Inniss is so bad then what do we say about Mia and her lifestyle, or Jerome, or politicians who have children out of their marriage like Estwick?

    Let us stay on course here. I am sure Inniss has and will continue to have his regrets in life and business but I urge him and our island to stay focussed. Stop the character assassination.

    Five years later

  18. mhizz queen

    i read every thing you guys have there. let me answer some questions.
    1). how gloria know that the minister of health was involved in pornography?
    2). doesnt almost every one look at porno sites?
    3). if barbados have night clubs with girls stripping everything, and these clubs are still going on what is the issue,
    4). just because that he is the minister of health, he cant own a porn website or club?
    5). what is de difference between the average man and the minister of health, wuh he is human too.
    6). say . gloria how you know that the minister of health was managing a porn business and have a website?
    this is what i will say now. the onliest way that someone can claim something to be true, and to make statements about situations making it sound real, if you understand what i mean. it means then the person that made an acqusation againts someone else. the person was definitely involve

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  21. Sweetie's pie

    Donville Inniss has successfully avoided any transparency about his porn business and where the money was paid to. No wonder his party won’t pass integrity legislation!

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