Karim said Trinidad and Tobago needs an educated, enlightened and fiercely independent media, noting that “fiercely independent journalists operating in the traditions of the Fourth Estate will provide our citizens with the facts on which they can make informed decisions.
In seems coincidental that at the launch of the College of Science, Technology and the Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago’s (COSTAATT) Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies the above quote was uttered on the very same day the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales came out strongly on behalf of an independent press and the vital necessity of such an organ in any democratic society.
The Lord Chief Justice’s insightful comments can be found on the Daily Mail’s website, among others – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051183/Britains-priceless-newspapers-senior-judge.html.
We can only wonder wonder what would the Lord Chief Justice make of the “independent” press of Barbados where good and competent reporters are constantly being fired or pressured for not espousing the political posturing of their management, political masters and other interests which can be found in the world of corporate.
Given the Lord Chief Justice’s views on the absolute necessity of a free press to a democratic process, may we assume that, were it not for the much politically and maligned blogs, our claim to be a democracy would be a false one? In other words, Barbados’ claim to be a democracy is supported, not by the passive and inept Fourth Estate, but by the Fifth Estate whose master is the people.