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Worrell bans Nation

Worrell bans Nation Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell. (Sandy Pitt)

By GERALYN EDWARD | Sun, May 11, 2014 - 12:11 AM

GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF BARBADOS, Dr DeLisle Worrell, has banned THE NATION, including all its journalists, from attending any of his Press conferences or other Central Bank media events.

Worrell, the chief economic advisor to the Freundel Stuart Government, notified Nation Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Vivian-Anne Gittens and Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris of the unprecedented move in a one-paragraph letter sent on Thursday.

“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,” said the letter signed by the Central Bank boss and which was copied to Bank employees.

The events unfolded within hours of a DAILY NATION Front Page story on Thursday headlined 60 To Go in which it was revealed that hard times had hit the Central Bank and its staff were about to feel the fall-out.

 

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Posted by David Hall 2 months, 1 week ago
How long since Mr. Worrell owned the Central Bank, that he could be so pompous? He should be fired forthwith. I can’t imagine the Federal Reserve Chairman in the USA saying that to any media house, nor the chancellor of the exchequer in London saying that even to one of the tabloids, but hey Monkey see monkey do. Government seems to be attacking the nation and so its appointees feel they can do so as well. But I guess just about every DLP Member of Parliament and government executive or appointee, feel that under the current leadership a person can do and say anything and get away with it because the current [ ] leader has to negotiate his way through his entire term of office. He can’t dare fire a soul. “Heads will roll” - who head?

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Posted by Mel B 2 months, 1 week ago
now let me see how d fools that support this sham of a govment will defend this violation of freedom of the press lol lol lol......yet another asinine move lol lol...shortly we goin need to call the un cause aint goin got no more human rights or any sorta rights for them to trample on lol lol....my God send away d Nation for telling d truth lol lol

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Posted by Lloyd Gulston 2 months, 1 week ago
The truth of the matter is: to many have said that when providing the nation with information. the facts are either distorted to make them sound more sensational or that the nation provides aspects of what they want to present which is not representative of what the persons has stated. The nation thus have themselves to blame for this. If you nation continue in this vain to sell papers you will soon find that no one will want you reporting on anything they say or produce. Stop whilst you are ahead nation. Trends like the one being set by the Central Bank Governor have away of following a pattern.

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Posted by BIG SKY 2 months, 1 week ago
The Central Bank Governor's ventriloquist probably has something to do with this .The Nation Staff does a wonderful job trying to guide Bajans through the mirage.

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Posted by Carl Harper 2 months, 1 week ago
I have been saying for quite some time that the little democracy we enjoy in Barbados is under serious threat when the Press is not allowed freedom to report the news.

This is the third time within the past year that the Nation, its management and a reporter have been "attacked" by this Administration, not withstanding what emanates from the mouths of government MPs.

The Central Bank Governor has clearly lost his way and should be fired immediately for this high-handed behavior. This is wishful thinking as I do not expect any condemnation of his action from the finance minister or the prime minister.

I read this article before daybreak with the fear of not knowing that when the sun comes up, if my sweet Barbados is now in the hands of a Communist regime. There is an eerie wind blowing across the land.

The media must now join forces and lead the charge against any elements of dictatorship that have taken root in this island. We must fight to maintain our democratic freedoms.

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Posted by Tony Webster 2 months, 1 week ago
No further comment is required, or is necessary. However, action recommends itself: loudly; obviously and urgently. After a decent interval, of course.
Stay strong, dear friends. Stay vigilant. And stay the course.
"Go ahead, Fontabelle…Christ Church …is behind you!"

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Posted by Kathryn Daniel 2 months, 1 week ago
So did he say that or not? Did the Nation make up the story headline or is it an accurate quote? Inquiring tigers want to know.

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Posted by Jay Tee 2 months, 1 week ago
The 'real' truth is always hard to hear!!!

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 2 months, 1 week ago
If the Nation' journalists falsely report stories that directly impact the Barbadian people, who then are the people who ultimately suffer as result thereof? If the Governor of the Central Bank deny access to the Nation's journalists on matters that directly impact the Barbadian people who are the people who ultimately suffer as a result thereof? Seems to me that BOTH the Governor and THE NATION newspaper have a DUTY and RESPONSIBILITY to the BARBADIAN PEOPLE and BOTH should act accordingly.

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Posted by Robert Goode 2 months, 1 week ago
Are you kidding me, what is Barbados coming to? This is not good for a our image if we want to portray our self as a free and democratic society, we will be seen in the same light as Zimbabwe. I never thought I would see this happening in my beloved Barbados.

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Posted by elliot gibbs 2 months, 1 week ago
its time we got rid of these "old boys" in certain organisations that feel they are bigger than who or what they represent....

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Posted by Mac 10 2 months, 1 week ago
This is the link you should have included. http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/60-to-go/

You should have also printed the whole story as this is an attack on the Freedom of the Press & an attempt to silence criticism. Outrageous & should not be tolerated by any media house.

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Posted by june skeete 2 months, 1 week ago
How long before this 'banner' is taken down?

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Posted by Simon Templar 2 months, 1 week ago
Does the Central Bank of Barbados belong to Worrell or the people of Barbados? Sheesh! The mouthings of Worrell have gotten increasingly autocratic. He has no fear of being fired. Why should he? He has presided over 3 unprecedented years of losses at the CBB and he predicts there will be another loss this year. Yet he knows that nothing will happen to him. He won't be even asked to give an account for such abysmal performance. Such a performance is enough to be sent home. How can the CBB expect to be regulating banking in this country and it can't even break even in its own operations? I would laugh at anything this man said if I was a bank manager. In the private sector, or any other well-governed country, he would be have been "voluntarily" retired.
None of his advice to the government has worked. He said the economy needed a $400 million correction last June, yet the the CBB lent government over $218 million in the last fiscal year. He keeps forecasting growth will take place every year. But the only growth we getting is negative growth. This man needs to go.

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Posted by Bim Bum 2 months, 1 week ago
Well awright den. let it be so!

And the next time the Central Bank has something they want widespread in public knowledge, The Nation shall not attend to help them disseminate the info!

IF the Advocate had any courage, they would join in too, and seriously mess up Central Bank.
In fact *ALL* Media houses should do likewise, and blank Central Bank entirely!!

Can Bajans do that? I DARE THEM

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Posted by Sodi S 2 months, 1 week ago
After reading though some of the responses here, regarding freedom of the press and the like, I actually see this situation from both sides. I think I can understand why Mr Worrell did what he did. He really had no choice. News of layoffs at a Central Bank, that did not come from the official messaging of the Bank, presents a HUGE problem for a Central Bank. These alleged layoffs are NOT like reporting layoffs at some random private Bank. The actions of a Central Bank speak to the confidence, credibility, and ultimately the overall fiscal stability of a country. An article like the one in question, has far reaching implications, that will be noted and noticed OUTSIDE of Barbados. So, of course they are going to go into panic mode. Think about it: What Bank would want news of layoffs in the press, without them being able to control the message? You know how they like to send out those ambiguous, forward looking press releases written by the Corporate Communications "Expert." That is how they like to do things, because it puts them 100% in control of the message, and they only have to answer questions they want to answer.

By printing their story, the Nation has changed the game, and become a threat. I don't think it's a good idea to ban the Nation or attempt to silence them in any way...... In fact, I think it's a bad, bad, idea......On the surface, it may appear to make sense to ban them and get rid of them, and again I do understand Mr. Worrell's position. However it won't work......Banning the press always backfires.

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Posted by Simon Templar 2 months, 1 week ago
@Sodi S

The governor was the one who indicated at the PRESS conference that there might be layoffs to the press. He put it in the public domain. He was under no duress to say this. The only thing that the Nation was not perfectly clear on was the number. Apart from that, they reported what he said. So the other side that you are claiming to see does not exist.

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Posted by Mel B 2 months, 1 week ago
sodi s i see what you are saying but if he didn't want it to be published why mention it at a news conference? this man is a waste and needs to be fired along with the government that he works for...but good points thanks for opening up other views on the issue

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Posted by David Hall 2 months, 1 week ago
The Nation quote: "After three consecutive years of losses worth $8.4 million, the financial institution, and reportedly 60 employees, are about to become a major casualty of the economic recession they have been trying to help Government shield Barbadians from"
The Nation report says and "reportedly" Please tell me what is liable in that statement. So often we hear about a crash and reports indicate such and such eventually the correct figures are confirmed; that is not the best but it is what happens. I am alarmed that persons seem bent on protecting supporters of this government no matter what they say or do even when their actions are blatantly reprehensible.

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Posted by Sodi S 2 months, 1 week ago
@Simon Templar: The other side does exist. I think your mind is made up about this Government and Mr. Worrell, and you don't want to hear anything else. I will not bash Mr. Worrell and the Government, without hearing the full story. Do you think being the Governor of the Central Bank is an easy job? Why don't we all wait and see if Mr. Worrell offers a more detailed explanation of his actions, before jumping to conclusions?

@Mel B: I hear you! I agree that he put it out there for the press. However, I think that the way the Nation positioned the message: (60 to go, hard times hitting the bank, the staff feeling the fall-out etc) is what probably prompted him to do what he did. That messaging definitely did not come from the bank, and they were NOT in control.

The way the Nation article reads, make it seem like things are not going well at the bank. That is very LAST thing the bank would want to put out there for the public, potential investors, and foreign entities to read. They probably got mad because the Nation added in those details. Do you think if the bank had sent out their own release, that it would mention anything about "hard times?" Not a chance! I think Mr. Worrell was just upset at the situation, and he lashed out. Again, I don't support the banning of the Nation. I think they will come to regret that move.......

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