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Bajan Reporter publishes photo of dead or severely injured motorcyclist.

UPDATED: 2 similar accidents on the same day. Motorcyclist died on Passage Road and the gruesome photo is at Bajan Reporter. Motorcyclist on River Road lived (Tori Watson). See Ian Bourne’s comments and website for updated story.

Original story…

Morally Right to publish photo?

Is driver Dead or only Injured?

The Bajan Reporter (BR) is currently displaying a photo of a dead or injured motorcyclist under a truck. According to BR, the accident happened outside Starcom on River Road after the motorcyclist lost control while doing “wheelies”.

Bajan Reporter says he died. Barbados Today reports Tori Watson, 19, alive in the hospital.

Two issues

1/ Is the driver dead or alive?

2/ Should Bajan Reporter and the rest of the Barbadian news media publish such photos?

Bajan Reporter: Barbadian man wheelies bike and slides under truck in City: broke both legs and back then died!

Barbados Today

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Should news media cooperate with the Barbados government to delay publishing news?

Barbados Free Press intends to print any news “embargoed” by the government.

by Nevermind Kurt

Last Saturday, November 6, 2010 in the wee hours of the morning, Barbados Free Press was the first to publish the news that gas, diesel and kerosene prices would be raised the following Sunday at midnight. (See BFP’s Breaking: Barbados gasoline, diesel, kerosene prices up Sunday night)

That story actually originated from the normal press releases posted on the internet at the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) media section on Friday, November 5, 2010 at about 6pm. (The composite image from the press release is above.)

Although the BGIS posted the story online in their press release section on Friday evening, they “Embargoed” the news for two days until “7pm Sunday November 7” – meaning that news outlets were requested by government to not carry the story until 7pm Sunday.

The regular Barbados news media obeyed the government and did not carry the news to the people until Sunday evening – even though Barbados Free Press printed the news very early Saturday morning.

I’d like to make some observations about this “special understanding” or “working relationship” between the ‘professional’ Barbados news media and the government that results in the news media intentionally withholding news from the public for days. Continue reading

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What did Robert Hoffman know about Sir Allen Stanford’s crimes, and when did he know it?

Cover Sir Allen & Me Journalist started Antigua Sun newspaper for Crooked Sir Allen

Here is a book I’d love to read – because I want to know if author Robert Hoffman comes clean about how he personally started up Sir Allen’s Antigua Sun newspaper that was used to bait the trap for the suckers who trusted Stanford with their life savings. I’d also love to have an archive of the Antigua Sun sitting beside me while I read this book to see what Hoffman was publishing at the time.

I stand to be corrected by the author, but somehow I don’t think I’d find any investigative journalism at the Antigua Sun exposing Stanford for the crook he was.

Or, perhaps I should say “exposing Stanford for the crook that Hoffman knew he was at the time” ???

It turns out that the publisher’s media release (below) tells of Sir Allen Stanford describing for then-employee Hoffman exactly what his methods were to “lure investors into believing his Antigua operations were legitimate.”

That statement seems to imply that Hoffman knew at the time that he was working for Stanford that the operations were not “legitimate”.

Yes, I will read Sir Allen & Me if for no other reason than to remind myself that despite all the high talk by journalists of “duty to the public interest” that the almighty dollar usually comes first – especially in small societies where the government in power controls the news through advertising revenues that are dispensed like little doggie treats to obedient media lapdogs. And, as the Nation News discovered, a change of master means no treats for you!

Southern Cross Publications says they will send us a couple of review copies if we just provide our address. That’s tempting, but we’ll have to say “no thanks”. I will, however, purchase the book myself as I am anxious to read how the Antigua Sun assisted Sir Allen in luring those suckers in.

Here is the media release about Robert Hoffman’s new book as sent to us by the publisher.

REVEALING BOOK ON DISGRACED BILLIONAIRE PUBLISHED

Texas billionaire and accused Ponzi scammer R. Allen Stanford is the focus of a new book written by a former Stanford executive. Sir Allen & Me: An Insider’s Look at R. Allen Stanford and the Island of Antigua peers into the private and business life of the flamboyant financier, whom the federal government claims operated a “massive” $8-billion confidence game from his bank in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

Author and journalist Robert Hoffman was hired by Stanford in the mid-1990s to start up the Antigua Sun newspaper. For two years, Hoffman was privy to the billionaire’s political maneuvering and manipulations, including Stanford’s efforts to rewrite the island’s banking laws to favor the Texas money man and to keep prying eyes from the highly questionable running of Stanford International Bank based in Antigua.

Hoffman also tells about Stanford’s forays into the world of cricket, his disastrous stab at establishing a regional airline, his lavish lifestyle and his shameful treatment of many of his loyal employees.

In the book, Hoffman quotes from Stanford describing clearly what his methods were to lure investors into believing his Antigua operations were legitimate by creating what Hoffman calls Stanford’s “financial Potemkin Village” on the island.

The 200-page paperback is currently available on http://www.amazon.com (keyword: R. Allen Stanford) and will soon be in bookstores throughout the United States. It can also be purchased at http://www.atlasbooks.com, which is the publisher’s chief distributor to outlets and Internet-sales sites. Retailers can call 800-BookLog to order. Retail price is $14.95.

Southern Cross Publications
86 Union & Mt. Washington / PO Box 24704
Christiansted, VI 00824
(340) 718-0615 / 643-4631
southerncrosspubs@gmail.com

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Four Days After Barbados Free Press Broke The Sir Allen Stanford – Drug Cartel Link, Nation News Steals Our Story

UPDATE: Just a note that Allen Stanford has been under suspicion for money-laundering drug money for 20 years or so – according to The Independent article The Stanford Files: FBI’s first probe was 20 years ago.

Original article…

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 11:50pm Barbados time, Barbados Free Press was the first Bajan news outlet to report that Sir Allen Stanford was being investigated by US Authorities not only for fraud, but also for money-laundering for a Mexican drug cartel. We also reported that one of his aircraft had been seized with drug money aboard.

Our story Stanford Trying To Flee USA! US Federal Authorities: Allen Stanford Money-Laundering For Drug Cartels was sourced from an ABC Network News article (link here).

Here we are four days later and now Albert Brandford at the Nation News is “breaking” the same story and using the same source that we used.

Good work, Albert! We love it when the Nation, CBC and the Barbados Advocate duplicate our articles and use the same sources. And not only does the Barbados media steal our story ideas, sometimes they even go so far as to scoop quotes from our story – actual phrases – without attribution. (For one of many examples see Nation News Steals Quote and Story Ideas From Barbados Free Press – Fails To Credit Source)

How often do Bajan “professional” journalists steal story ideas and sources from the blogs?

Every day, my friends. Every day.

Oh… Albert…?

Were happy to help, but you really should tell the folks where you first heard about the story you’re now breaking… OK?

It is all about ethics and integrity.

If you and your paper have any integrity left, we hereby give you our full permission to use another one of our stories. Let’s see if you have the integrity and the courage to copy this BFP story…

How Many “Political Donations” Did Sir R. Allen Stanford Give To Barbados Politicians?

Thanks!

Cliverton

Old News “Broken” By Albert Brandford

Drug Link In Stanford Money Saga?

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Barbados Nation News Story: Caucasians Attend Concert

The largely Caucasian audience went wild from the time Blunt ran/ skipped onto the stage and they carried on like that for most of the show…

… from the Nation Newspaper article Crowd Rocks To Blunt

Nation Newspaper Reports “Largely Caucasian Audience” Rocks To James Blunt At Barbados Jazz Festival

So when was the last time that the Nation reported on the race of the audience attending a concert in Barbados?

Will this piece of information now be included in every concert review in the island’s largest newspaper?

Did the writer of the Nation article intend to be controversial? Did the editor intend to be controversial? Probably not, but that just shows how much of a double standard exists in Barbados.

Folks outside of Barbados probably don’t realise how charged that word “Caucasian” can be on the island. For an example of how “Caucasian” is used as a racial slur, read BFP’s Negrocrat Controversy: Barbados Environment Minister Uses “Caucasian” as Racial Slur

Further Reading

The Nation News – Crowd Rocks To Blunt

BFP

Obama Kisses White Women – What Would Happen To A Barbados Politician Doing The Same?

The Ugly Secret Of Barbados Revealed Worldwide: Rihanna “I Was Bullied At School For Being White”

Barbados Government BLP Agent Plays Race Card. Calls Opposition Leader “White”, Equates With British Slave Owners

Was That Barbados Slur “Nigger”, “Coon”, “Oreo” or “City Plantation Negrocrat” ? – It Is All The Same On The World Stage

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