Barbados Politics Crosses The Line
Yes, there is a link between the BLP and Threats of Violence
Around August 2007, Barbados Free Press Exposed burst on the scene, with a look-alike version of the Barbados Free Press site. They even copied BFP’s custom logo! This plagiarism appeared to be designed to confuse the public, and to draw traffic from BFP by deception. One of BFPE’s first posts was “The Sad Demise of Barbados Free Press”. Shock! BLP links to those making threats! In “The Sad Demise of Barbados Free Press”, BFPE comes out spewing words like “Sweet Slaughterhouse September!!!!”. Let’s get the context straight. We are not talking about teenagers joking around on the net. We are talking about a political environment where:
- anonymous violent threats are conspicuously being made by public comments on the blogs, especially on BFP and BU.
- comments posted by BFPE advocating murder, arson and rape.
- at least one shot was fired at the home of a DLP election candidate, and faeces were smeared at her business.
We are concerned that the Barbados Free Press Exposed blog and its surrogate blogs continue to issue threats to some of our commenters in the bajan blogosphere. We are aware that this is one of the challenges of managing information on the Internet. What we don’t understand is why other Barbadian blogs, which appear to be unaffiliated to BFPE would continue to list those blogs on their sidebar. This situation is of deep concern to us because in one case that we know of, a commenter has reported the threats to the police and Cable & Wireless with little success. To some this might appear to be a trivial matter but when officialdom chooses to toss out procedure over discretion it should concern us all.
The question which we are asking ourselves this morning is ‘should BU delete comments from bloggers who have the offensive blogs listed on their sidebars?