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Forbes picks up Adrian Loveridge article at BFP

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we have no idea why articles from Barbados Free Press are being regularly picked up and republished or linked to by major news outlets like CNN, Sky News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Times of India, Sunday Telegraph, Seventeen Magazine and others.

Lately the news outlets are interested in our CLICO and Arch Cot stories.

We’re pleased but mystified.

The latest pickup is by Forbes.com, who are pointing their readers to our recent article: Adrian Loveridge comments on Barbados Tourism Ministry website dysfunction.

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Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Blogging, Freedom Of The Press

Georgia Popplewell sends invoice to Newsday for unauthorized use of blogger’s Thomas Glave photo!

Will Trinidad & Tobago Newsday do the right thing?

Georgia Popplewell

The crew at Barbados Free Press try to be good boys and girls when it comes to attribution of photos and quotes. I’m not saying we’re perfect (and now someone will post a gazillion times when we’ve failed) – but we try to credit sources and photos at least with a link to the website or a mention in the story.

We’ve had some folks go bananas on us because we used their photo, credited them and linked to the photo, but never sent them money. Well, okay, we took the photo down when they complained. Ya have to know that WordPress where we host the blog would take the photo down if we didn’t and that’s okay because they know the law and such better than we.

But then there is the professional news media and you’d expect that they would know the exact laws and standards and that they would – or will – provide attribution and payment for photos when they use them.

Our friend Georgia Popplewell has sent an invoice to T&T Newsday for the unauthorised use of one of her photos and we hope she receives a fair cheque in the mail from the honourable folks at Newsday.

We’d show you the photo here but Georgia is on an understandable rant about this so we don’t dare!

So you’ll have to head over to Caribbean Free Radio (link above) to see her excellent photo of writer Thomas Glave. Georgia’s portrait of Glave really is something special and you should have a look and read her story.

But another reason I’m not going to display the photo is that Georgia is a fine looking, talented woman and I’d hate to violate her creative rights and ruin my chances to buy her lunch if I run into her later!*

*Disclaimer: Nothing untoward is meant by this statement. I admire Georgia’s work and would enjoy talking with her late one afternoon over some salad, little fisheggs on toast and some fine champagne!

Cliverton 😉

FOR THE RECORD: The photo of Georgia Popplewell shown here is one we’ve been using since 2006. I can’t remember where we stole it from, but we did. Forgive us Georgia!

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Filed under Barbados, Blogging, News Media

Global Voices puts on a new face

Thanks to our friends at Global Voices, folks around the world read Barbados Free Press articles in Chinese, French, Spanish and a host of other major and minor languages including Hindi, Swahili and Italian.

Which is kind of special considering we’re a tiny little blog out of a small Caribbean island. I mean, who in Italy would be interested in what Barbados Free Press has to say? The answer is… apparently enough people are interested that Global Voices translated some of our articles into Italian!

That’s why you’ll find many articles on Barbados Free Press that deal with Bajan perspectives on a variety of international topics. It gives Barbados Free Press a far larger voice and an international readership than we would otherwise enjoy.

Big News at Global Voices

Today we’re letting our readers know that Global Voices, GV – unveiled a whole new design and look.  Although in typical modesty GV is understating the development, we’ve found their website to be more attractive, quicker and most important: GV has made it much easier to jump from topic to topic and country to country when you browse their content.

Global Voices connects people across the planet by letting each one of us talk to the world about local topics that might or might not make the international news media. If you’re not familiar with Global Voices, you should give them a try. If you’ve been there before you’re certain to be impressed with the changes.

Here’s some of what Global Voices says about their new look…

Now truly multilingual

Global Voices is one of the most multilingual online communities in the world. Our Lingua project, where people from around the world volunteer to translate Global Voices content into different languages, has experienced astounding growth since it began 3 years ago. We now have over 30,000 translations posted in a slew of different languages, some of which you’ve probably never even heard of. As a developer this growth was almost difficult to believe, and presented many challenges, but when you’re in the business of spreading citizen media as far and wide as possible, growth like that is an amazing problem to have…

… from the Global Voices article Global Voices Gets Redesigned: Welcome Back!

Further Reading

Global Voices home page

Some BFP articles with a Global Voices connection…

December 18 2009: Barbados Free Press in Swahili… Really! “Plastiki na Uchafuzi wa Mazingira”

November 9, 2009: Chinese-equipped Cuban Secret Police beat Award Winning Global Voices bloggers

August 28, 2008: Harvard Law School’s Global Voices Translates I’Akobi Tacuma Maloney Articles For Major Worldwide Audience


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Freedom Of Information, Freedom Of The Press, News Media

Full Court Press by DLP at Barbados Free Press

“Dear Barbados Free Press,

Is it just me or are you being very tolerant of Hartley Henry/Wishing in Vain/Love/A Mottley Group being multiple posts that all read the same?

Yours truly,

A friend.”

Mottley Barbados

DLP government operatives attempted to post comments under multiple identities - contrary to BFP's rules.

Dear “A Friend”

Thanks for your email alerting us to the DLP operative(s) at Barbados Free Press who are operating under multiple identities. As our long time readers know, multiple identities are contrary to the rules of BFP as outlined in our Blog Policies and, as per our published policy, result in ALL posts being erased.

We are always amused when BLP or DLP operatives attempt to take over the reader discussions at BFP by using multiple identities. Sometimes we at the editor’s desk don’t cotton on to the abuse until a reader points it out to us. That’s just the way it happens when we’re busy writing or dealing with our own lives. (Hey… I have a wife and childrens doan ya know!)

So…. thanks to “A Friend” for pointing out what is now obvious once we’re alerted where to look.

Penalty: ALL “A Mottley Group” posts are now being erased from Barbados Free Press.

Hey… nice try DLP (or David Thompson or Hartley Henry or whoever you are!)

Take that, sucka!


Filed under Barbados, Politics

WordPress.com removes Barbados Free Press story after complaint from Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (BANGO)

Grape Hall Barbados

Media Release

Friday, September 11, 2009

6:10am – Somewhere near Grape Hall, Barbados

Barbados Free Press (BFP) today announced that WordPress.com removed one of BFP’s published stories as a result of an official complaint from the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations.

WordPress.com is the blogging software and hosting destination utilized by Barbados Free Press. Barbados Free Press wishes to express how much we admire the dedication of WordPress.com to freedom of speech. WordPress has enabled ordinary people in Barbados to fight for true democracy, integrity, transparency and accountability in our society without being unduly exposed to the threats, arsons, harassment and job loss that has been experienced in our country by citizens who disagree with the established political elites.

The removal action by WordPress.com is being reviewed by BFP editors.

Barbados Free Press will make a further announcement in the coming days.


Filed under Barbados, Blogging

Millions Of WordPress Blogs: Barbados Free Press…. #27 !!!

Barbados Free Press In Good Company With Other Top 100 WordPress Blogs!

Barbados Free Press In Good Company With Other Top 100 WordPress Blogs!

Unbelievable But True!

WordPress.com has millions of blogs online, including some of the biggest (CNN & Fox News are pretty big!)

Have a look at the February 21, 2009 statistics provided by WordPress.com HERE.

This is what they say…

Out of the millions of WordPress.com blogs online…

Top Blog Posts Of The Day – February 21, 2009

#1 CNN

#4 NFL.com Blog

#6 Fox News Forum Blog

#8 CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Blog

#11 People Magazine Celebrity Baby Blog

#12 CNN Jack Cafferty Blog

#16 People Magazine – Style Watch Blog

#25 Sony Playstation Lifestyle Blog

#26 Canada’s Macleans Magazine Blog


How Is It Possible That Barbados Free Press Was So Highly Viewed?

Yes, our coverage of Rihanna’s assault by Chris Brown had a whole lot to do with February 21, 2009 being our best day ever, but tens of thousands of blogs covered the same story.

Why does Barbados Free Press consistently appear in the WordPress Top 100 Blogs list?

Damned if we know. Perhaps it has something to do with our weekly Friday afternoon celebration of the Bajan rum an doing nothing on the beach?

Thanks to all our loyal readers and our new visitors who are interested in Rihanna’s home island of Barbados.

Yours truly,

BFP’s slightly tipsy editorial staff of Marcus, Shona, George, Cliverton, Robert and Auntie Moses


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Rihanna

Rihanna Story Breaks Record At Barbados Free Press – Welcome To Our New Friends Around The World

Thanks to our tens of thousands of new visitors over the last 24 hours – a new world’s record at BFP with well over 40,000 new visitors in the last 24 hour period. (We’re not sure, but as we write this it looks as if we might touch 59,000 or more in the next 24 hours if the trend holds. As of yesterday evening, Barbados Free Press was the #3 WordPress blog worldwide.)

We have closed the comments on the Rihanna assault thread as requested by many of our readers.

Rihanna is always newsworthy, but she is always and will always be our girl and one of us in Barbados – an island that can seem very small at times. She has done well for herself and her country, but she probably needs a little break for the next while at home. Like the vast majority of Bajans will do, when we see her we shall do our utmost to let her walk around without being bothered.

So many of you coming for our Rihanna articles are then staying to have a look around Barbados Free Press.

Now that you are here, we hope that you will tell your friends about the ongoing battle by Bajans to strengthen our democracy and to free our country from the systemic corruption and oppression that has been a quiet truth in Barbados for so many years.

We love our country and many of us are working hard to forge a better life for our children and the coming generations. To do that, we must start paying attention to political and individual freedoms – and especially the rule of law that is so carelessly disregarded by the political and business elites who have run Barbados for so many generations. We must also regain freedom of the press and do our part to keep our island home from becoming nothing but concrete and pavement.

Please read some of our articles and talk with your friends around the world about the struggle for rights and freedoms in Rihanna’s home island of Barbados.


Marcus, Shona, George, Cliverton, Robert & Auntie Moses
Barbados Free Press

Further Reading About Things That Matter To Bajans

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary Closing – World-Class Eco-Tourism Attraction, 85+ Jobs Gone – Canadian Philanthropist Gives Up On Barbados

Barbados Newspapers Refuse To Print Letter Revealing Secret Government Report Into Cave-In Deaths. Professor Machel Will Name Names

Barbados Advocate Fired Journalist Adrian Loveridge Because A Cabinet Minister Wanted It Done – Now The Paper Cries The Blues…

Barbados Labour Party Blog Removes Link To Website Threatening Murder Of Adrian Loveridge

Nation News Finally Discovers That Barbados Police Don’t Give A Damn About Rule Of Law

We’re going to let this story stay at the top for a few days. We’ll have some new stories for you at the end of the week!


Filed under Barbados Government, Blogging, Corruption, Environment, Ethics, Freedom Of Information, Freedom Of The Press, Human Rights, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption, Rihanna