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What's Trending: Worrell bans Nation

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 11 May 2014

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. GOVERNOR OF THE Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell has banned The NATION – and all of its journalists - from attending any of his Press conferences or other Central Bank media events while he is in office. He cited a “lack of professional integrity” in the reporting of last Thursday’s Daily Nation front page story headlined 60 To Go. Worrell did confirm the bank would be shrinking its operations, but it was another source who provided the figures. Online readers shared their opinion on this move. Mac 10: You should have also printed the whole story as this is an attack on the Freedom of the Press and an attempt to silence criticism. Outrageous & should not be tolerated by any media house. Elliot Gibbs: It’s time we got rid of these “old boys” in certain organisations that feel they are bigger than who or what they represent.... Robert Goode: Are you kidding me, what is Barbados coming to? This is not good for 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. Carl Husbands: If The Nation’s 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. Jay Tee: The ‘real’ truth is always hard to hear! Kathryn Daniel: 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. Carl Harper: 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. Lloyd Gulstone: The truth of the matter is: too 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. David Hall: 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,    

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