We’re down to one functioning daily newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago…a country that used to have 3.
Press and Media have taken a massive hit under this government in multiple ways. If we don’t have journalists selling themselves off to the government and handling their PR, then we have Government Ministers and state figures threatening the media.
In just 3 short years we have seen Police officers raid newspaper offices twice!
We’ve seen Jack Warner, then Minister of National Security, threaten the safety of both Asha Javeed and Denyse Renne on state television using state resources. Yet today, that same Warner is being touted as a saviour by people too greedy to know true tyranny when they rubbing up against it.
Yesterday’s meltdown at the Guardian, in which several writers walked off, and it is alleged the Editor in Chief has been reassigned, is simply more evidence, to add to the ever growin pileg, that under Kamla’s Small Goal side we have no real democracy and the dictatorship isn’t creeping…it is already here. This isn’t the first time since getting into office that people have had to leave media houses. Power 102 experienced mass firings in 2011. Whole programmes were cancelled and we even had political personalities replacing radio hosts.
And even with this…people still defend the party. Well aware that we need an independently functioning media to have a functioning democracy, they still support the antics of this government and its collaborators.
What the Guardian Meltdown should teach us though is how deep into government’s pockets Big Business is…..clearly the folks at ANSA McAl are so dependent on Kamla’s Government for handouts that independence in journalism and even loss of newspaper sales are a small price to pay, in comparison to losing Government patronage…..and we still think Beetham, Laventille and Sealots are the leeches in society?
Clearly the Guardian of Democracy tagline is just a front. Those of us old enough will know that this isn’t the first time there have been meltdowns at the Guardian under a UNC Government. In 1997 editor Jones P Madeira led a walkout of several journalists from the Guardian. They eventually went on to form the short-lived Independent.
Guardian Managing Director Gabriel Faria seems to be talking out of several sides of his mouth. In one instance you are hearing he was fired, then last night you saw him speaking in his capacity as Managing Director saying everything was fine, the Guardian was still committed to the highest levels of journalism and that their two top investigative journalists had resigned because they were refusing to do more work and harder work.
Now therein lies the rub. According to Gabriel Fara, Guardian Media Ltd’s idea of fair and responsible journalism is to have Sampson Nanton question just the Managing Director about a staff walk out. Not one member of the Guardian’s staff was interviewed. Balance in we pweffen!
According to Faria, the newspaper wanted its journalists to do more follow up and due diligence with its reporting. Yet today we have a story from Yvonne Webb that indicates Suruj Rambachan has confirmation from Google that the emails brought to Parliament by Dr Rowley are fake. Yvonne Webb fails however to do a few things:
1. She fails to ask Rambachan why someone with a HOTMAIL address wrote to GOOGLE?
2. She failed to ask to see the letter.
So, essentially we have yet another piece of writing, masquerading as journalism in the Guardian that only gives you one side of the story.
If lopsided journalism is the hard work people were running from, then I wish Misses Renne and Gumbs-Sandiford godspeed. These two reporters buss more mark on this government than any tsunami Warner has promised and it’s sad they have to go through this kind of upheaval.
Im hearing that more people will join the three resignations that have already been handed in.
But for many workers at the Guardian is business as usual…..and not a word in the newspaper today really telling you about what has happened. The cover-up continues.
I really hope right thinking citizens hit ANSA MCAL where it will hurt…..his pocket. But I know how the thought of giving up Stag or missing CNC3 or 95.1 programming might frighten some!
Big Business and Big Government hug up tight tight in bed together…and the rest of we supporting them Full Dotish!