Daily Archives: October 29, 2011

Report: Cave Hill Film Society cancels season over Barbados Censorship Board

UPDATED: See EDITOR’S NOTE at bottom…

Barbados Free Press received the following from an anonymous source through a European proxy service. Is it the truth? There’s nothing about this on the CHFS website.

Let’s hear from our readers…

Dear Members and Friends of the Cave Hill Film Society,

We regret to inform you that the CHFS has had to be called off for the rest of the semester. The reason is the Barbados Censorship Board, who now wants to screen all the movies before they are shown by us, in order to tell us if a certain movie my harm our morals or not.

They demand the payment of a fee, and we would have to make a projection room and a technician available to them. Right now, we don’t have the time and the money to subject us/the movies to the Censorship Board. This might sound silly in a democratic and academic environment, but that is the law in Barbados, which we all must obey.

We were in touch with them four weeks ago and send them an email, which they promised to answer asap, informing if any of our movies scheduled for the semester were already screened by them. No answer up to now.

Right now, we are checking on ways to continue the CHFS, perhaps even
without the hassle of a Censorship Board, but these measures cannot be put in place immediately; we have to further investigate those possibilities.

We would be grateful if you should have any helpful advice or suggestion.

If you have already paid for the whole semester, you have the right to get a refund of 50%. You can contact (name removed by Barbados Free Press editor)

Best regards,

CHFS Committee

BARBADOS FREE PRESS EDITOR’S NOTE…

We have removed the name that was originally included in this anonymously sent email as we understand that the person had nothing to do with the creation or distribution of this email.

While the email did not state this person was the author and only gave their name as a resource, some readers mistakenly believed that the person was the author.

We have removed the person’s name as they are an innocent party and are wrongly taking criticism for something they had no part in.

Marcus for BFP

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Barbados Chief Justice Gibson called “Our best chance…”

The Bajan Reporter: “Marston Gibson is our best chance…”

Chief Justice Marston Gibson is fighting the old boy network, but because he’s not really part of it he’s our best chance. Think of it: he has a pension and independent wealth from his career in the USA. He was away from the island and the politics. He has been conditioned by his law practice in the USA where they wouldn’t put up with 10% of the abuses that happen in our courts. He was in Nassau County where he’s used to slapping lawyers upside the head and telling them to get on with it. So far, I like the man based on his presentations.

If Gibson can bring rule of law to Barbados courts, modernize the courts so the system works, his legacy for good done for Bim might far exceed that of many more famous and revered.

“Even in the Supreme Court, judges are taking evidence in longhand. In civil cases, Judges are still taking evidence in longhand.”

Chief Justice Marston Gibson shows his disgust with our outdated and ineffective court system

Barbados has no court reporters so there are generally no transcripts made. Lawyers stand up one week and say X and next week they say Y and there is no record. Check it out.

Chief Justice Gibson even cites such an incident in this video where a file VANISHES. Without transcripts and proper records nobody can be held accountable and the system devolves into “he said, she said” fights all the time.

Continue to read Ian Bourne’s excellent report on Chief Justice Gibson’s presentation to the UWI Alumni Association (complete with YouTube video of the CJ’s speech.)

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