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
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.