Afra Raymond too effective, too insightful in his CL Financial, Clico stories
The Trinidad and Tobago state-run media company Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) recently fired contract journalist and television host Afra Raymond without notice and without explanation – then backdated their faxed letter to him.
“Remember this folks: CL Financial – CLICO damage control by the involved governments and politicians is all about getting the public to foot the bill, while ensuring that the crooks keep their profits and Florida mansions and stay out of jail.
Afra Raymond stands in the way, so out he goes.”
Afra Raymond is a chartered surveyor, journalist and television host whose intensive and detailed coverage of the CL Financial – CLICO scandal has caused much embarrassment and fear to some very important persons, companies and organisations.
Worst of all, Mr. Raymond backs up everything he says with documentation and extensive research. He’s not just some guy spouting off: he’s a professional, a digger for information who thoroughly researches everything he does. He demands and sometimes receives damning information under the Freedom of Information laws – information that for some reason many journalists don’t notice or care to see.
Afra Raymond reveals it all and asks the questions that no one else dares to ask – questions others can’t ask with such authority and background evidence. Forbes picked up a couple of his articles and that says something.
Ken Ali, CEO of the Caribbean New Media Group, couldn’t allow Afra Raymond to continue to cause trouble, so one of his first acts was to give Mr. Raymond the boot. Mr. Raymond tells the story of his firing in his latest blog article Termination of Services.
How telling and ironic that Afra Raymond’s firing came shortly after his October 24, 2010 television show: Current Affairs “State-Owned Entities: Taking Stock” (You must watch) with guests former Senator Martin Daly, former Energy Minister Conrad Enill and Richard Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute.
Remember this folks: CL Financial – CLICO damage control by the involved governments and politicians is all about getting the public to foot the bill, while ensuring that the crooks keep their profits and Florida mansions.
Afra Raymond is a threat, so out he goes.