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Central Bank embraces ‘freedom of the press’

Central Bank embraces ‘freedom of the press’

Mon, May 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The Central Bank of Barbados issued the following release today in response to the issue which has arisen between the Bank and The Nation Publishing Co.

Last Friday, Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, stating: “Consequent upon the lack of professional integrity manifest in the NATION’s Front Page headline of Thursday May 8, you should be aware that NATION/SUN staff will not be invited to any future Press conference or media event hosted by myself as Governor of the Central Bank.”

Today’s release states:

The Central Bank of Barbados respects and embraces freedom of the press and the importance of the dissemination of timely and accurate information and as such has not banned the Nation Corporation.

The front page of the Sunday Sun of May 11, 2014, carried the headline “Cut Off”. The Bank assures media practitioners in Barbados as well as the public at large that it will continue to keep all media houses fully abreast of all developments on economic and other pertinent matters which fall under its purview, including the Nation Publishing Company, as is normal.

The Nation Publishing Company will receive all Press Releases and other communications issued by the Central Bank, and all media houses and the general public have free access to the Central Bank's website, where all our statements, reports, data and speeches, and all other publications are posted. (PR/SAT)

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Posted by Pan Wallie 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Being kept abreast via the web is not the same as inviting to the Press/Nation to cover functions. Central Bank has no control over the web, but it does have control over what is fed to the web. So there goes Dr Worrell, is transparency becoming an issue for you too?

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Posted by Carl Harper 5 months, 3 weeks ago
The Central Bank did the right and decent thing - withdraw the ban. Now it is up to the public if they want to forgive the Governor for infringing on the freedom of the Press.

Such a cowardly act of banning any media house from performing its lawful duties, especially in a public place, should never recur on this island, again.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 5 months, 3 weeks ago
@ Carl Harper!! after this Vain Attempt to deny a News Media it's Democratic RIGHT, Central Bank Governor Dr. DeLisle Worrell, if he is man enough, SHOULD Apologize to the Nation News For His CHILDISH Behaviour, and promise NEVER to do it Again.

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Posted by En Dee 5 months, 3 weeks ago
It is admirable that the Central Bank issued this release. However, it is important that media houses display maturity and responsibility when distributing news items. It is even more important when information of a sensitive nature is involved. If it is true that the paper revealed that 60 employees would be laid off prior to Central Bank notifying the employees I would understand Worrell's frustration comments. Nigel D.

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Posted by wayne husbands 5 months, 2 weeks ago
With every right comes a responsibility. When the nation news and the press in general becomes responsible for the accuracy and integrity of what they print, publish broadcast.. then and only then will freedom of the press be a constitutional issue.

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