The Central Bank of Barbados just issued a new press release in an attempt to backpedal from Governor Worrell’s message last week that journalists from The Nation Newspaper are banned from future press conferences – but if anything the new weasel words press release makes things worse. As our friend Ian Bourne points out, the new press release does nothing to retract Worrell’s statement that Nation journalists are not welcome at bank media events.
Nope, that COWARDLY WEASEL-WORDED THUG Worrell still doesn’t want to face questions from Nation journalists.
Mr. Bourne goes much further too…
“The threats against Barbadian Journalism have only just started; it will get more strenuous as the DLP try to hold on for a third term and all of their beneficiaries seek to rally defences against real or imagined threats.”
Central Bank Sucks, Blows and Backpedals without a truthful admission and apology
No doubt the Central Bank’s new press release is in response to Bajans’ general disgust with Worrell’s and the bank’s thuggish attempt to muzzle a free press.
Here’s what Worrell originally said…
“Consequent upon the lack of professional integrity manifest in the Nation’s Front Page headline of Thursday, May 8, you should be aware that Nation/Sun staff will not be invited to any future Press conference or media event hosted by myself as Governor of the Central Bank,”
Central Bank Thug in Chief Dr. DeLisle Worrell in letter to all bank employees and The Nation Newspaper
Well, that sounds like a ban to us here at BFP. How about you dear readers?
Now Worrell is saying…
“The Central Bank of Barbados respects and embraces freedom of the press and the importance of the dissemination of timely and accurate information and as such has not banned the Nation Corporation.
The front page of the Sunday Sun of May 11, 2014, carried the headline “Cut Off”. The Bank assures media practitioners in Barbados as well as the public at large that it will continue to keep all media houses fully abreast of all developments on economic and other pertinent matters which fall under its purview, including the Nation Publishing Company, as is normal.
The Nation Publishing Company will receive all Press Releases and other communications issued by the Central Bank, and all media houses and the general public have free access to the Central Bank’s website, where all our statements, reports, data and speeches, and all other publications are posted…”
… Central Bank of Barbados press release, May 12, 2014
Readers, drunk or sober, will notice that this new press release does not retract Worrell’s original statement that Nation journalists would not be invited to media events. All they are invited to do is to visit the bank’s website.
When BFP took Worrell to the suck-well and called him the Head thug of the Central Bank of Barbados, many folks agreed.
Worrell’s latest weasel words reinforce his utter contempt for the important role that a free press plays in holding public officials accountable.
Unless and until Governor Worrell and the Central Bank invite Nation journalists to media events and answer questions from Nation journalists, ‘Weasel Words Worrell’ and the Central Bank have declared themselves to be enemies of democracy, transparency and accountability.
What is Weasel Words Worrell hiding? What does he fear from a free press?
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