The world is paying attention, even if the Barbados elites wish it was not so
The Inquest into the deaths of five sleeping members of the Codrington family will start tomorrow, Monday, October 18, 2010 – but the inquest is being ignored by the oldstream Barbados news media. The Nation printed a few paragraphs last week announcing the inquest but nothing else, and no other Bajan news outlets mentioned the inquest at all.
“In a free society with a free press the day before the start of the inquest the Sunday papers would be full of the story of how a family of five was killed because of criminal greed and government corruption.”
Barbados deserves better from the news media
In a free society with a free press the day before the start of the inquest the Sunday papers would be full of the story.
Who wouldn’t be interested in how a home was built on a known cave and how five people were killed when their home fell into the collapsing cavern? There would be a review of the historical background and reprints of past coverage. The news media would ask why the inquest wasn’t called for three years. Fearless journalists would demand answers and wouldn’t stop asking tough questions.
In a free society with a free press.
But this is Barbados, so nothing appears in the press because some big names are involved…
It took three years of relatives, friends and blogs screaming for an inquest before the government and the Coroner announced a last-minute inquiry.
The Barbados news media is ignoring the inquest
Sunday papers and internet: The Nation: NOTHING. Barbados Advocate: NOTHING. CBC: NOTHING. Even Barbados Today – that feisty little upstart internet paper is ignoring the inquest. NOTHING. Ask them why.
But the world is not ignoring the deaths of a sleeping family of five, who were trapped in the rubble while politicians drank and ate at the scene between press conferences.
The story of the Codrington family is NEWS and the world is paying attention by following Barbados Free Press: the only Barbados news source that seems to give a damn. USA Today, CNN, Sky News, Times of India and so many more news agencies are carrying the Barbados Free Press story feed.
It’s news. It’s important to Barbados and to people around the world. Five people died in circumstances where somebody might as well have put a pistol to their heads as they slept. Preliminary investigations by family and friends confirm: what happened was a caused event. Predictable. Preventable.
We’ll publish more on this story tomorrow as the disgusting staged theatre of an inquest begins.
BFP, October 9, 2010: Surprise Inquest called into Barbados Arch Cot cave deaths
Hey! Try a Google or BING! search for “Arch Cot Inquest” and see what you get…