November 21, 2013: Basseterre - The ACM is alarmed at what appears to have been a disproportionate official response to the publication of a story in the Barbados Nation on October 26 reporting on sexual acts involving two young students.
Our review of the publication suggests that there might be justifiable journalistic concerns about the treatment of the story. However, while the court will deliver its judgment on this matter, in our view, the publication of this photograph does not amount to criminal behaviour.
The ad hominem response by the island's Minister of Industry and International Business, Donville Inniss, to a Jamaica Gleaner position on the matter betrays a political sensitivity on the issue which also concerns us greatly.
The charges against three senior officials of the Barbados Nation are very serious and carry with them the possibility of prison sentences. The potentially chilling effect of this action on the practice of independent journalism in Barbados looms threateningly.
We urge our colleagues to remain committed to serving the public interest through fearless reporting on developments in their country.
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First Vice President - Peter Richards
Second Vice President - Dr Canute James
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Floor Member - Jabari Fraser
Floor Member - Onel Belle
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