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Who was charged for photographing their ballot? Who paid them: DLP or BLP?

Barbados Election Corruption

File under “Disappearing news stories in Barbados”

by passin thru

Early afternoon on February 21, 2013 – Election Day – the news media in Barbados was full of stories of vote buying triggered by the arrest of a voter for using a cell phone to photograph their marked ballot. The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation called their original story “Arrested for photographing ballot” but that’s the last we heard of the arrest from the news media.

We see all sorts of news stories and editorials criticising the concept of vote buying, but no specifics with names and details of the event. It looks like the powers that be are allowing general stories about the practice but no specific proof can be shown the public. That’s because it is bad for business if the party that bought the vote is revealed. What if it’s the guvment? Woaloss!

You can still see the original CBC news because Barbados Free Press copied it into their own story Cash for votes scandal in Barbados election: BLP, DLP… or both? Good move, BFP!

Voters take photos of their ballot so they can prove how they marked their “X” to the person who is paying them for voting a certain way. It’s a crime because it totally destroys democracy. Some of the election contests are so close that only a few votes purchased can make the difference. This time around one of our Members of Parliament was elected by a mere 10 votes over the rival. A few more close contests like that and a few more votes bought and the BLP would be forming the government now… or maybe the votes were bought and the DLP bought more?

You see how destructive it all is?

Vote buying is destructive not only because it corruptly changes the results of democratic elections, but because it undermines public confidence in the democratic system, in our government and ultimately in our country.

We know one thing: a voter was arrested – but we were never told their name!

Will this be another one of those disappearing news stories that Barbados is so famous for? Patriotic Bajans of all political colours cannot, must not, let this happen!

Who was charged for photographing their ballot? What is their name?

When do they appear in court?

When can Bajans hear the evidence against them?

This is much too important for Bajans to let the news and the political parties let this story fade away. We can’t depend upon the news media or the political class.

Bajans should demand to know the truth.

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London Evening Standard fakes news photo of Hans and Eva Rausing in Barbados

Breaking original story: Please credit Barbados Free Press

London Evening Standard’s fake news photo!

News article: Barbados lifestyle is drugs, parties, polo, sex… and more drugs!

According to the London Evening Standard, our island home Barbados is nothing but a nest of wild parties, drugs and illicit sex that is somehow responsible for the death of Eva Rausing.

And then while writer Jane Mulkerrins expands little bits of information into a major story titled “Dark side of paradise… the death of Eva Rausing puts the spotlight on Barbados” the paper couldn’t find a photo of the Rausings in Barbados.

The motto of The London Evening Standard: “No photo? No problem! We’ll fake one!”

So they just PhotoShopped a picture of Hans and Eva and stuck it on a Barbados beach background.

Nowhere in the news article or on the photo does it indicate that this news photo is a fiction. It’s titled: “Tight circle: Hans and Eva Rausing as well as the Kemeneys and Kidds have houses on Barbados”

The real AP photo!

The real photo was taken by the Associated Press and shows the Rausings at Winfield House, London.

Hmmmmmmm…. I wonder what else London Evening Standard faked without telling its readers?

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Police target citizen journalists

The above video makes some good points about how police in the USA are targeting citizen journalists with illegal arrest and even acts of unprovoked violence. Dangerous business for individual freedoms – great for a police state.

The irony of the video is that it is put together by RT TV – Russia Today Television – owned by the Russian Government, and it of course doesn’t mention how Mr. Putin and the other big-ups from the KGB have for almost a hundred years targeted and murdered journalists as casually as one would order a cup of coffee. Nice touch for RT TV to make the piece about US police while ignoring the KGB or whatever they are called today.

But, it’s still interesting and worthwhile viewing.

A further point found on RT TV’s Wikipedia entry: “The 2012 Russian Federal Budget allocated 11 billion rubles (US$334 million) to RT’s parent company ANO TV-Novosti.”

Also of interest: Media Roots: The Establishment vs. Citizen Journalism

Thanks to an old friend for suggesting this video.

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Jdid lets fly at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation

We meant to publish this article by our favourite snowbound Bajan, Jdid, but somehow it kept slipping down on the list. Better late than never…

“Wha kinda Chinee foolishness this is CBC showing tonight? Ya cann even undastan wha duh saying. Chupse!”

This has been bugging me for a while. Having been away from living in Barbados for so long, for me it’s always difficult to judge various bajan institutions without the added bias of my years living abroad somehow working its way into my analysis.

I can sometimes find myself criticizing stuff because its not like what I have grown accustomed to, living in a so-called first world country, which really isn’t fair to Barbados. So given that I know that I have a bias I usually keep most of my thoughts to myself and grit and bear it through terrible customer service or try not to comment on some of the convoluted bureaucratic situations I have found myself in in Barbados and just chalk it up to well this is how it is in Barbados.

However coming home at least once or so every year or two over the past 20 years (and recently I think I’ve made about 7 trips in 3 ½ years now) and watching a certain institution deteriorate I believe in all honesty and without bias I can say that the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) TV 8 station is absolutely terrible…

… keep reading CBC Barbados at Jdid’s Doan Mind Me blog.

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Cowardly Barbados Advocate fires another journalist to please a politician

Rawle Titus fired from Grenada Advocate

When Tourism Minister Noel Lynch threatened to withdraw all government advertising from the Barbados Advocate unless the paper fired columnist Adrian Loveridge, the editor and senior management said “Yes, Massa – whatever you want Massa” and dumped Loveridge.

Now those cowards at Fontabelle are at it again…

Grenada, Barbados: The Fallout over Journalist’s Firing

by Matthew Hunte

As another regional journalist pays the price for standing by his story, bloggers are wondering about the state of press freedom in the Caribbean. Rawle Titus -veteran journalist and president of the Media Workers Association of Grenada since 2008- was dismissed from his post as editor of the Grenada Advocate after he refused to retract or apologize for a front-page story in the March 9th edition of the newspaper headlined “Prime Minister Makes Fresh Moves.” (The Grenada Advocate is owned and published by the Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc, based in Fontabelle, St. Michael, Barbados.)

According to the story, leader of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas, held a caucus where candidates for the upcoming elections were selected, without informing senior members of the now fractious party.

Government press secretary (and former journalist) Richard Simon wrote to the management in Barbados twice, seeking a retraction for what were deemed to be inaccuracies. After the 2nd letter, Titus was dismissed by General Manager Sandra Clarke, effective March 30th, 2012.

According to the MWAG, the Advocate was pressured into firing Titus and added:

We have growing concerns about increasing incidents that will suggest that those guarantees are coming under attack. This latest incident follows a series of other developments we have been monitoring in the past.

… continue reading this post at GlobalVoices: Grenada, Barbados: The Fallout over Journalist’s Firing

Hat tip to journalist Gerard Best for the video of Rawle Titus

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Trinidad: Police storm newspaper offices, journalist’s home

Snapshots from the battle for press freedom

Police seize Andre Bagoo’s computers, phones, flash drives

Nine police officers raided the Newsday offices and journalist Andre Bagoo’s home on Wednesday – seizing at least four computers, two mobile phones and several external storage drives. The police say they are looking for evidence of Bagoo’s sources for his December 20, 2011 story about the row between Integrity chairman Ken Gordon and deputy chairman Gladys Gafoor.

Of course, now that the police have EVERYTHING on Bagoo’s computers they will have a look at EVERYTHING, won’t they? Emails, love letters, shopping lists, contacts list, financial records, photos, sources for every story Bagoo has ever written – little things like that.

The latest attack in the Trinidad police campaign to muzzle a free press comes two months after a similar raid on TV6 last December.

The lesson is that if the Trinidad news media won’t self regulate (as the Guardian did causing journalist Afra Raymond to resign in disgust) then the Trinidad & Tobago police will teach the Trini press to know their place.

We’ve had our own problems here in Barbados with the police strong-arming journalists, seizing their cameras and arresting journalists for photographing accident scenes and corrupt police officers. As a society we must be vigilant and aggressive about preserving the independence and freedom of the press. History has too many examples of what happens when citizens drop their guard.

Photo courtesy of Newsday: Journalist Andre Bagoo, centre in white shirt, surrounded by officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB) as they search his computer in an attempt to get him to reveal the source of information in a report he wrote on the Integrity Commission.

Further Reading

Newsday Statement

Newsday:  Shame!

Newsday: Newsday raid shocks AG

Trinidad Express: Police storm ‘Newsday’ offices in PoS

Trinidad Express: Cops want interviews with CCN directors

Trinidad Express: Newspaper stands by journalist not to reveal sources

Guardian: Tribunal to probe Gafoor

Newsday Statement, February 10, 2012

NEWSDAY condemns in the strongest possible language, yesterday’s raid by officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB) on our Newsroom at 23A Chacon Street, Port- of-Spain and at the private residence in Belmont of this newspaper’s senior investigative parliamentary and political reporter, Andre Bagoo.

The police officers led by Senior Superintendent Solomon Koon Koon, executed a warrant and searched Mr Bagoo’s desk in our newsroom, went through his office computer, all documents on his desk, including parliamentary papers and other information used in the course of his duties.

After two hours they left our Chacon Street newsroom, taking with them two flash drives, one Newsday cellphone issued to Mr Bagoo, his personal cellphone and Newsday’s computer hard drive on which Mr Bagoo has stored confidential information relating to his duties. Continue reading

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The Guardian affair: a breach of basic media ethics

Guardian Editor Anthony Wilson threatens Barbados Free Press

The following column by Afra Raymond was spawned by events associated with two of our recent stories. On December 30, 2011, Barbados Free Press published Afra’s piece Did former T&T Finance Minister break her oath over CLICO insider trading?

After it all hit the fan between The Guardian and Afra Raymond, BFP published our January 4, 2012 post: Afra Raymond resigns from Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: Paper wants politicians to preview articles.

That resignation story brought T&T Guardian editor Anthony Wilson to BFP. Mr. Wilson was not a happy camper. It sure was unexpected to see a news media professional so upset by a little old blog like BFP to the point where Mr. Wilson threatened us with legal action.

Hey… we’re just telling it like it happened. I guess we expected some of that “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” stuff from Mr. Wilson. Wuhloss! What a disappointment.

Here’s Afra Raymond’s latest in the saga. Let ‘er rip, Afra!

Media Integrity

by Afra Raymond

For those who are only now joining the story, this is a summary of what I feel are the vital issues here.  My commentary column on the former Minister of Finance, Karen Nunez-Tesheira, was sent to her for comment by the Guardian’s Acting Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Wilson.  That is a completely improper action, which is a breach of basic media ethics.  When I challenged that action as being surprising and unprecedented, Wilson responded that “…It is by no means unprecedented territory…”.  At which point I resigned as a Guardian columnist and this broad discussion started.

This is the opening paragraph of Anthony Wilson’s post on Judy Raymond’s FB page on Friday 6th January at 12.04pm –

…In response to Mr Raymond’s comment, let me say that I have NEVER before sent any commentary to any politician or anyone else, apart from our attorneys, for pre-publication vetting. I say that without fear of contradiction and also state that that is NOT the newspaper’s policy or practice. (For Mr Raymond to pursue this point after this denial would simply be compounding the defamation.)…

Quite apart from the unnecessary legal threats, since it was never my intention to defame anyone, we are now being told that this was a one-off decision to send my entire column for vetting.

Two questions arise –

Firstly – Why did Wilson seek to tell me, in relation to his decision, that “…It is by no means unprecedented territory…”?

Secondly, if we accept that his reversal is now the true state of things, there is another issue.  Why was this exceptional consideration shown to the former Minister of Finance?

That is the ‘sole and only issue’.

The three alibis which Wilson has been using on the internet need to be set aside at once -    Continue reading

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Goodbye to Desmond Bourne “The voice”

Our heartfelt condolences to our friend Ian Bourne and family upon the passing of Ian’s father, Desmond Bourne, at the age of 79.

Desmond Bourne’s deep authoritative voice is what we immediately remember, but what causes us to smile are the memories of Desmond saying so many things that needed to be said – but that no one would say except him.

Head over to The Bajan Reporter to read Ian’s tribute: Desmond MacDonald Bourne – 1932 to 2011: R.I.P my crazy Dad

Photo courtesy of The Nation: Desmond Bourne dies at 79

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The Nation: Barbados’ newspaper of lies and political agendas

The Nation lied: “the letter” was an unsigned draft only seen by a few

Long time readers at BFP know the contempt with which we hold The Nation, and indeed the entire Bajan oldstream news media. The Nation has always been the lapdog for the Barbados Labour Party (for the last 20 years anyway) while the Barbados Advocate crawls on its belly for the Democratic Labour Party. The public broadcaster CBC, of course, sways like a cane in the wind according to the master of the day.

No matter their political leanings though, all of the news media generally protect the political and business elites when and where possible. Some of this protection is because individual journalists are frightened of government retaliation. Fair enough. The former editor of the Barbados Advocate, Reudon Eversley, explained this fear when he said that Owen Arthur and his lot attacked and bullied the press into submission. See Evil as Hell.

But it was the Barbados Advocate that fired columnist Adrian Loveridge at the behest of the then Minister of Tourism – so the Barbados Advocate cannot claim the high ground without acknowledging that they traded their integrity for government advertising revenues.

Then there is the matter of the non-reporting and covering-up of news stories that would be front page if they happened in the UK or the USA. If a Cabinet Minister was shown to be living on land that his government expropriated from a private owner, that would be NEWS in the United Kingdom. If the Health Minister was involved in the online porn industry and made money from websites featuring pregnant teenage mothers or women having sex with horses, do you think the Canadian or US news media would ignore the story? They sure would! But not the Barbados news media.

If the management of a hundred million dollar government contract was shown to be involved in bribes in another country, that would be news, right? Not in Barbados – at least not until the blogs reported the story for almost two weeks and forced the news media to mention it.

So when The Nation falsely reported that eleven members of the DLP Government affixed their signatures to a letter to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and published bits and pieces out of context to give their readers the impression that the letter was something it was not – that was a calculated move to further a political agenda.

To whom the benefit?

That’s easy: the beneficiary of the fuss was the lapdog Nation’s master, The Barbados Labour Party and Owen S. Arthur.

Here’s what DLP Member of Parliament Ronald Jones has to say about The Nation…

THE Nation Publishing Co., in its edition of the Sunday Sun on December 11, 2011, published an article which purportedly carried contents of a letter written to the Prime Minister. Continue reading

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Troublemakers in Barbados

UPDATED: June 1, 2012

With the firebombing of homes lately, we’ve put this article at the top for a day or two as Bajans consider what kind of a society we have, and what kind of a society we want. We at BFP do not count ourselves heroes in the grand scheme of things. There are some real Bajan heroes out there, and we honour a few of them in this post…

Where do the troublemakers go from here?

We have to take the next step. We have some ideas that we’ll share in the next few weeks, starting with this one: VOTE INDEPENDENT. Vote for anyone but a Bee or a Dee. We must disenfranchise the ones who for the past 20 years have lied to us and stolen our tax dollars. In truth, they stole our future. They are amateurs playing with other people’s money and consider it their right to skim off the top.

The next 10 years are going to be difficult ’bout hey, and if we’re a billion or two short with nothing to show for it, you can blame the BLP and the DLP.

Original post published October 19, 2011…

by BFP’s Anonymous Cowards

We at Barbados Free Press are anonymous cowards – and for good reason. We’ve seen what happens to the troublemakers on this small island who have the courage to stand up in public and criticize the political and business elites.

Death threats. Arson. Threats to pets and family members. Crops burned. Shots fired at a home. Cars keyed in the middle of the night. Jobs lost. Feces smeared on a business. Homes broken into. Home searched without warrant in the middle of the night. Woman arrested and vagina searched for a copy of the home rental contract. (Really!). Police question your child at school to pressure you.

Oh yeah, we’ve covered all these stories and more here at Barbados Free Press. Continue reading

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Barbados Advocate, Nation News, won’t say we borrowed $15 million from China

(Shout out to a reader who sent us the BGIS press release website photo.)

Government press release said “Barbados and China to sign Loan Agreements”

Words matter… That’s why Barbados Advocate, Nation News dropped “loan” for only “agreement”

It’s not journalism – it’s feel-good propaganda designed to make the DLP government look good while keeping the citizens in the dark. Check it out…

Caribbean Press Releases.com says Barbados and China to Sign Loan Agreements

That’s “LOAN” as in “We have to repay our Chinese Massas”.

But the Barbados Advocate says Closer Ties and doesn’t use the word “loan” or indicate in the paper’s entire 300+ word article whether the $15 million has to be repaid.

Then check out $15.7 China deal in the Nation News. Did Barbados sign for a loan? You tell me! The Nation News says that we signed “banking agreements and accounting procedures for the financing”. The words “loan” or “gift” are absent from the article.

Is it a loan? Is it a gift? Why hide it? (He said knowingly!)

Hey… I’m just saying that Bajans deserve better than that from their news media. Doan ya think?

You should check out the Barbados Advocate and Nation News articles at their website and the press release at Caribbean Press Releases.com, but we’re going to reprint all three pieces in full here because you know how it is: the Barbados Advocate and Nation News are famous for erasing history… Continue reading

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More WikiLeaks hit the fan! Journalist Kenton Chance reports on his own relationship with US Embassy personnel

St. Vincent Journalist warned US about decaying freedom of the press under PM Gonsalves, wiretapping of news media

Kenton X. Chance is a Vincentian journalist living and studying in Taiwan for the last five years. He also runs the excellent I Witness News blog and today he had the unpleasant duty of reporting on his own WikiLeaked conversations with US Consulate personnel.

Chance and other journalists in the WikiLeak were concerned about PM Gonsalves using his power to curtail freedom of the press. They spoke confidentially to the US diplomats and now it’s all over the place.

At least Chance has the courage to publish his own words from the WikiLeaks cables. Unlike some folks who are trying to convince everyone that they said not one word of what was reported in many cables for many years, Kenton Chance is not going that route: he’s standing behind what he said.

It’s called “integrity and character”…

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – While Glenn Jackson, murdered press secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, was the main contact here for U.S. officials in Barbados, according to WikiLeaks, several other Vincentian media professionals were also contacts for American diplomats in Bridgetown.

A classified U.S. diplomatic cable dubbed “St. Vincent:  A Democracy Under Stress” lists two journalists among “an increasing number of Vincentians” who in 2006 warned that “the PM’s fondness for the leaders of Cuba and Venezuela is indicative of his autocratic nature”.

“Legislation recently proposed by the Government would increase Gonsalves’s power to silence his critics, warn several Vincentians including the [Human Rights Association’s president] Nicole Sylvester and journalist Kenton Chance,” the 2006 cable said…

…The cable also relate a conversation that Shelly Clarke, editor of The News newspaper allegedly had with U.S. diplomats.The document cited Clarke as saying that the United States should have funded the opposition New Democratic Party in the December 2005 elections.

… Read the full article at I Witness News: Journalist asked Americans to intervene in St. Vincent: leaked cable

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Trinidad & Tobago Police investigate emailed threats to journalists

Barbados Police refused to investigate similar government threats here

Trini Police are investigating an advisor to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for sending threatening e-mails to Trinidad Express journalists Omatie Lyder and Anna Ramdass.

Government advisor Sasha Mohammed belatedly denies sending the threatening emails, but the problem for her is that the police say the e-mails came from her home internet. Mohammed’s lawyers are doing the slippery routine, but one senses a bit of bluster there.

“The e-mails were sent from an e-mail account under the name Janice Thomas which was traced to Mohammed’s computer.”

… from the Trinidad Express story Sasha Under Fire

The fur continues to fly and we’ve linked to some stories in our post – but when you read the newspaper accounts it sounds like there is a possibility that Sasha Mohammed was not interet-savvy. She didn’t know about IP addresses before she hit the “send threatening email” button on her PC. She sure does now!

Barbados Police cover up threats against journalists

It reminds us that the same sort of event happened in Barbados, but in that case the Barbados Police didn’t investigate because they wanted to protect the ruling class. You see, back in 2007 and 2008 a series of threats were made on the internet to murder Barbados hotelier and journalist Adrian Loveridge.

When it turned out that some of the threats came from a computer in the Members of Parliament lounge, well, that was the end of the investigation. Adrian Loveridge filed a formal complaint with the police, but in the end they didn’t even bother to interview Mr. Loveridge. The police did nothing except to protect the BLP government at the time.

Welcome to Barbados where the “rule of law” means that those who rule are the law and the law is whatever is convenient at the time.

Later, a Member of Parliament, Doctor Duguid, confirmed that the anonymous threats to murder Mr. and Mrs. Loveridge and arson their business came from the Barbados Parliament computer. Information posted on another blog even named a Member of Parliament as a suspect.

But the Barbados Police did nothing.

Mr. Loveridge is known for writing well researched news and opinion stories about the tourism industry, but his opinions are sometimes inconvenient for the government. Mr. Loveridge used to do a column for the Barbados Advocate, but was fired when the Tourism Minister of the day, Noel Lynch, threatened to stop government advertising to that newspaper unless Loveridge was sacked.

So the cowardly whores at the Barbados Advocate sacked Loveridge so they could continue to suck on that government advertising revenue. That’s pretty well the way it happened and Adrian wrote about it here and nobody sued him so we believe Adrian.

There is a difference between the Barbados Police and the T&T Police

In Barbados, the police rough up and man-handle journalists, take their cameras, erase the photos and get away with it. When a journalist is threatened by a Member of Barbados Parliament, the police cover up.

Give Trinidad and Tobago Police their due respect for at least this: When two journalists were threatened in emails coming from the home of a powerful government insider, the police did an investigation and by the looks of it they pressed for the truth. At least they did that. Whether they had the strength of will or a strong enough case to lay criminal charges is another story – but at least they investigated the threats and interviewed the suspect and witnesses.

Oh that our Barbados Police could have similar integrity!

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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. Continue reading

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New threats against Barbados blogger Ian Bourne, Bajan Reporter blog

BLP says Bourne “taking this freedom of the press thing too far”

Most of the writers at Barbados Free Press choose to remain anonymous. Ian Bourne (photo above), Adrian Loveridge and other bloggers who have the courage to publish under their own names have paid the price over the years. Bourne and Loveridge experienced death threats and worse because they put their names to their words. Loveridge was fired from a couple of positions and had his weekly newspaper column killed by the Minister of Tourism because he was critical of the government, if ever so gentle.

After reading of new threats to Ian Bourne, we staff at BFP will continue to remain anonymous, thank you very much.

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Idiots at Nation Newspaper still publishing computer game image as real photo

The next time The Nation talks about professional journalism, show the editor this article

Once again the professional editors and journalists at The Nation published a screen shot of a computer game as a real photo to illustrate a story about Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport. (Nation News: Cheaper GAIA)

Not only that, the Nation stole the copyrighted photo from a Swedish website and is using it without owner’s permission. We mentioned The Nation’s previous use of the same photo in our article Nation Newspaper publishes computer game screenshot as real photo of airport!

Come on guys! Send the kid out to the airport to take a few shots and use those as your file photos. The Nation really hasn’t been the same since a group of core staff quit and went to Barbados Today. Continue reading

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The State of the Media

by Afra Raymond

The recent series of changes at Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) have sparked a series of evolving discussions.  I was one of the three people ‘let go’ from CNMG and that was reported briefly on my blog and in the Barbados Free Press article Caribbean New Media Group fires journalist Afra Raymond, stops his CL Financial, CLICO fraud coverage

I am starting to reflect on some aspects of all this recent interest, but no, this not an anti-PP column or one about how wicked politicians are and so on.

What kind of talk is that?

The first thing that occurred to me is how the media conversation has blown up in sheer size and how that has had an effect on the quality of our national conversation.

In the so-called ‘good old days’, before the shift I am about to describe, the only people who really had a voice in our society were those who were approved, such as government ministers and their spokespersons, established journalists, the ‘great and good‘ and of course the brave and imaginative ones who were our activists.

In fact, the last-named group were the voice of the voiceless, who fought to uplift our society.  Of course in that group you would have to include the leading calypsonians and ‘troublemakers’ of their era. Continue reading

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Caribbean New Media Group fires journalist Afra Raymond, stops his CL Financial, CLICO fraud coverage

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. Continue reading

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