Acting Prime Minister urges journalists to follow code of ethics. DLP Government refuses to pass code of ethics for politicians.

UPDATED: July 2, 2011

In consideration of the ongoing breaking news story that the Barbados Minister of Health Donville Inniss still has connections to the online pornography industry, we’re running this previous story in hopes that ethical members of the DLP government will chide the Barbados news media into covering the Donville Inniss news – and especially start asking questions about where the money went. Is it money laundering when a Barbados corporation receives money in Europe? Did the Barbados corporation declare and pay taxes on the entire Donville Inniss porn websites revenue stream?

Original story as first published May 22, 2011…

Do as the DLP says, but not as they do…

The Democratic Labour Party promised Barbadians that they would declare a code of ethics for elected and appointed government officials “immediately upon election”.

That was three and a half years ago.

The DLP also promised to introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information within 100 days of election. What a joke at our expense.

Now Acting PM Ronald Jones has the audacity to lecture the Barbados news media on ethics and the purpose of journalism.

“According to (Acting PM Jones), journalism is a profession that he respects and like any other profession, journalists need to follow the code of ethics.”

MP Ronald Jones has no shame in the Barbados Advocate article: Government all for free press.

Not to be outdone, the Managing Director of the Advocate, Anthony Bryan, assured readers in the same “news” article:

“Mr. Bryan also stated that his publication is based on reliable sources and the Government should be considered a reliable source.”

Mr. Bryan’s position is understandable because half of the Advocate’s content is created by the government anyways. The “journalists’ at the Advocate do a cut and paste and there’s a “news” story straight from the government’s mouth.

You should read the entire article at the Advocate if you can, but as usual we have to  re-print the entire piece here because the Advocate is known to change or remove news stories to suit political agendas.

Government all for free press

5/22/2011

Acting Prime Minister, Ronald Jones, paid a courtesy call to the Barbados Advocate last Friday.

On welcoming him to the publishing house, Anthony Bryan, Managing Director of the Advocate, told Mr. Jones that the Advocate is all about the truth and the main reason the Advocate supports the Government is due to the fact that it is on the right track.

Mr. Bryan also stated that his publication is based on reliable sources and the Government should be considered a reliable source.

Mr. Jones said that he supports free press and his Government has no intentions of muzzling the press. According to him, journalism is a profession that he respects and like any other profession, journalists need to follow the code of ethics.

The Acting PM, however, condemned some of the current standards of journalism, explaining that it should not simply be about extracting the negative or the positive developments within society, but articles and stories should point in the direction of national development. “At the end of the day, a newspaper has the role to educate and inform,” he added.

Bryan replied, “We would like to believe that the Advocate is capable of setting the appropriate standards in society. The Government has encouraged freedom of the press, therefore, it is our duty to keep the decision makers on the right path.” He added, “The Government is doing a fantastic job with the country’s resources when compared with other countries in a similar position.”

Jones’ comments came on the cusp of his endorsement of the Advocate’s Youth Magazine, HELLO! Which is the only printed youth magazine circulated in Barbados’ schools.

http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=17704

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15 responses to “Acting Prime Minister urges journalists to follow code of ethics. DLP Government refuses to pass code of ethics for politicians.

  1. Johnny Postle

    Any right thinking person would know that the only code of ethics that will get past in this country is the code of secrecy to continue the plunder and rape of the government treasury. The present government had 14 years in the wilderness whilst the last adminstration feast for 14 years on the fatted calf. Now tell me, you think that this government will past a law that will interrupt their feast at the table of wealth and prosperity for themselves and their family. Get real. Wait fuh em!

  2. When I get an item from BGIS and make sarcastic comments, I am de-listed for about 2 or 3 weeks depending on the severity…

    Same thing with Police, when Campus Trendz happened I was invited to Press Conference but when I showed there is still a rivalry between Hinds & Dottin?

    I was de-listed for a fortnight and I am off the hook again as I showed a video the Advocate & Nation would not touch when Task Force neck-locked a woman who tried to STOP a fight, I asked for a comment and Police claimed they did not see the video yet they know my website?

    So when I saw the Front page of the Advocate I got a great chortle to join in with my schadenfreude at the Rapture…

  3. Freedom at its best

    I am in total support of both the Acting PM’s and Mr Bryan position on the matter.
    The more I see of the Nation the more it becomes clear to me that it has no intention to serve the Barbadian people with meaningful purpose.

    The more I see of the Nation the more of a rag it is seen as.

  4. St George's Dragon

    I always laugh when I read the many articles in the Advocate which are clearly press releases cut and pasted into the paper.
    The give-away many times is when the Advocate starts the article along the lines of “Firm x has announced today that………” then halfway through the piece, when the editor of the piece has lost interest, reverts to saying “we” and “our” – obviously the wording of thr original release.

  5. Responder

    Johnny Postle, well said.

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  8. Stephen Lovell

    I don’t know about you but I see Mr.Bryan as a certifiied idiot. I don’t take idiots seriously. He should have taken the opp to comment of how members of the press are treated by the police, but then he may very well be one of the very rich lackies we have in this country. Do you remeber the timeframe in which his broadcast license was issued.

  9. Mobert

    Not to worry, maybe the next PM, whether it be Mottley or Adams, will bring in suitable legislation.

    Or maybe Mottley PM and Adams Deputy?

  10. John

    It is amazing what Chimps will do.

  11. Josquin Desprez

    “Mr. Jones said that he supports free press and his Government has no intentions of muzzling the press. According to him, journalism is a profession that he respects and like any other profession, journalists need to follow the code of ethics.”
    Freedom of the press???
    Mr. Jones are you serious?
    Is not what your government doing at CBC muzzling the press?
    Exactly what code of ethics are being used at CBC?
    How can the National Union of Public Workers, Mr. Clarke and Mr. Maloney condone what is being done at CBC?
    Mr. Anthony Bryan, how can you look in the mirror each day and be proud of what you see?
    If the Nation is a rag, pray tell me what is the Advocate?

  12. tony

    this talk about freedom of the press is mere hot air let Jones talk about the BFA and if the members were free to go overseas to talk to the FIFA officials. We must practise what we preach

  13. Straight talk

    I’m still waiting to hear what our Acting Prime Minister did about the brown envelope stuffed with a US$40,000 bribe from Warner.

    Please inform us your reaction, Mr Jones, to such a blatant approach.

    Your silence is contrary to the above quotes, and could lead to misinterpretation by malicious parties.

  14. Pass the sick bag

    Keep at it @Straight talk. His statements at the press conference were ambiguous to say the least.
    Died laughing when when I read this in the Nation:
    http://www.nationnews.com/index.php/articles/view/camps-open-with-fanfare/

  15. Donville Inniss the PORN MASTER

    How much money did Minister of Health Donville Inniss make from his pornography business? Did he direct that money to Barbados or into overseas bank accounts?

    So many questions. So few answers!