Open Letter to Vivian-Anne Gittens and the Nation Newspaper ABOUT Venezuela

Vivian Anne Gittens: Publisher of the Nation Newspaper

Vivian Anne Gittens: Publisher of the Nation Newspaper

Dear Ms Gittens,

Approximately one week ago, you and your Nation Newspaper facilitated the staging of a Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) — a United States of America dominated association of media corporations and media owners. And as was to be expected, the IAPA utilized its Barbados-based conference to unleash a negative propaganda attack against the democratically elected socialist Government of Venezuela — the administration of President Nicholas Maduro.

Furthermore, in the aftermath of the said Conference, the Nation Newspaper has published a number of articles and at least one editorial that have promoted the views and opinions of a group of right-wing Barbados-based critics of the Venezuelan government, and that have also attacked the efforts made by the Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee of Barbados to give principled solidarity and support to the Government and people of Venezuela.

As you are well aware, the Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee staged an alternative international Panel Discussion at the nearby Radisson Aquatica hotel (the former Grand Barbados) as a counter to the IAPA Conference. This Friends of Venezuela Panel did not only include local speakers such as Anthony “Gabby” Carter, Dr. Tennyson Joseph, Mr. Trevor Prescod MP, and myself, but also such eminent Venezuelans as Luis Britto Garcia (widely regarded as Venezuela’s most important writer and intellectual), Roberto Montoya (President of the Romulo Gallegos Foundation’s Centre for Latin American Studies), Roberto Malaver (Professor of the Central University of Venezuela’s School of Journalism), and Erica Ortega Sanoja (anchor of the state-owned television network known as Venezolana de Television).

But I am sure that readers of the Nation Newspaper know absolutely nothing about the views expressed at the Friends of Venezuela Panel Discussion by this formidable quartet of Venezuelan academics and journalists, for the simple reason that the Nation Newspaper refused or neglected to publish anything whatsoever that these four eminent Venezuelans had to say!

Instead, the Nation Newspaper contented itself with publishing the anti-government views of a small group of Venezuelans who live in Barbados, and who claim that they get their news about what is going on in Venezuela from “social media”. Apparently, as far as the Nation Newspaper is concerned, the views of this substantially anonymous group who DO NOT live in Venezuela, and whose source of information is the most untrustworthy imaginable, carries more weight than the views of highly respected public citizens of Venezuela who actually live in Venezuela! (And incidentally, the Wikileaks organization has released copies of confidential cables that emanated from the US embassy in Venezuela which establish that a number of Venezuelan Opposition activists have received special training in the US in the techniques to be applied in using social media to destabilize and bring down the Government of Venezuela!)

I must say, however, that the behaviour of the Nation Newspaper does not surprise me! The Nation Publishing Company, after all, is a member of the IAPA; you, Ms. Gittens, are a member of the Executive Committee of the IAPA; and the IAPA is a US dominated, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Endowment for Democracy (NED) linked organization that has always promoted the views and agenda of the Capitalist establishment of the USA.

Indeed, the IAPA and its “army” of some 1,400 media corporations and owners, has a long history of attacking socialist or left of centre governments that are not considered to be “friendly” to the USA. Some of its previous victims have been the administrations of President Salvador Allende of Chile, Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica, President Fidel Castro of Cuba, President Evo Morales of Bolivia, and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, among many others.

Surely, you must be aware, Ms Gittens, that when, in April 2002, the capitalist elite of Venezuela and their hand-picked traitors in the Venezuelan military, staged a coup and removed the democratically elected President Hugo Chavez from power (and ordered his execution), that the then President of the IAPA— Mr Robert Cox— issued a Press Release endorsing the coup! Just imagine — the President of the IAPA endorsed coup leaders whose very first actions upon taking power were to abolish the National Parliament, the Supreme Court, and all other major democratic institutions!

So, we don’t really expect anything different from the IAPA in its dealings with the equally socialist administration of President Nicholas Maduro. Indeed, as you must be aware, for some months now the IAPA’s member newspapers have been waging a campaign of Psychological Warfare against the Government of Venezuela. Surely you must know that three Latin American newspaper conglomerates — all members of the IAPA— have made a pact to publish at least one full page of generally negative news about Venezuela every day in each one of their 82 affiliated newspapers. These media conglomerates are Groupo de Diarios de Las Americas (GDA), Associasion de Editres de Diarios y Medios Informativos (ANDIARIOS), andGrupo Periodicos Asociados Latinoamericanos (PAL).

The small,but wealthy, extreme right wing Opposition forces in Venezuela have decided upon a strategy of violent street protest actions as a methodology for subverting the democratically elected Government of President Maduro, and are depending upon the right-wing mass media to give the people of the Caribbean, Latin America and indeed the World the impression that these isolated violent protests are a mass phenomenon that is sweeping through the entire nation. The only name for this strategy is “Psychological Warfare”, and it thrives on ignorance or lack of accurate information.

The truth is that of the 335 townships or municipalities that exist in Venezuela, these protests have only manifested themselves in 19 of these townships or municipalities — all of them being Opposition strongholds, governed by Opposition mayors who control the municipal police force, and who accommodate the violent protests.

Surely Ms Gittens, you will agree that 19 out of 335 hardly constitutes a mass phenomenon. But even that figure of 19 is misleading, for that was when the protests were at their peak — they subsequently dwindled to 9 municipalities, then to 6, and finally to 2.

This is the truth about Venezuela. Our Barbadian Cultural Ambassador, Anthony “Gabby” Carter, recently returned to Barbados from a visit to Venezuela, and this is the on-the-ground reality that he described at the Friends of Venezuela Panel Discussion. Why doesn’t the Nation Newspaper do an in-depth interview with Gabby about his experiences in Venezuela?

But the media in Barbados should not really have to depend on the reporting of the Mighty Gabby, nor indeed on the reporting of CNN, BBC, Fox News or any other biased Western media conglomerate! Venezuela, after all, is a sister Caribbean territory and is only a one hour airline flight from Barbados!

I therefore want to end this Open Letter by challenging you, Ms Gittens, to send a senior and respected Nation Newspaper reporter and a camera man or woman to Venezuela, to observe for themselves the reality on the ground in Venezuela , and to come back to Barbados and give an honest and objective report to the Barbadian people!

If you accept and respond positively to this challenge you will demonstrate that even though the Nation Newspaper is a member of the IAPA, it still has a commitment to truth and objectivity.

On the other hand , should you fail to accept this challenge, you will be confirming that the Nation Newspaper is no different from the other pathetic propaganda outfits that comprise the membership of the IAPA.

I now look forward to hearing from you as a matter of urgency.

Yours faithfully



Clement Payne Movement

123 thoughts on “Open Letter to Vivian-Anne Gittens and the Nation Newspaper ABOUT Venezuela

  1. Georgie Porgie I do not like but you I despise Bust Tea…

    Bush Tea

    You should never argue with a fool because he would pull you down to his level and beat you with experience. Bush you’re the only person on this blog that I refuse to discourse with because you truly reminds me of the ignorant type, who is limited in his reasoning capacity.

  2. @BAFBFP & Bush Tea
    not only is Ukraine a neighbor, but it has historically been a family member – and there continues to be multiple ongoing social, cultural, and economic ties….
    First of all BAFBFP didn’t respond to my questions about Crop Over which should right up his alley instead he took the time to piggyback on Captain Hindsight (BT) comments which included the above statement and it proves that they don’t know what they are talking about. “Manifest Destiny” as practiced by the USA is bad but if the Russians do the same it is all good as they have “cultural, social ties etc.” They are so clueless that they don’t realise that they are taking both sides of the argument, guess they weren’t picked for the debate team.

    BAFBFP should take his own advice and stay out of these discussions, pity about BT he likes the sound of his own voice so he will respond with some convoluted argument intelligible only to himself.

  3. @BAFBFP
    As for that earth quake and the suspicious military actions that followed
    I almost missed that one, tell us more about the earthquake. I know BU is full of experts so you must be the resident Seismologist. I want to hear you expound on tectonic plates and how one country was able to manipulate them so an earthquake could destroy Port au Prince.

  4. Bush Tea

    You have contribute little in the way of substance to the catalogue of topics before deliberation on this blog. You continue to mask what appears to be intelligence by regurgitating information that you have ascertained from previous conversations on the blog. Brother man, when will you advance an original thought that has the potential to generate some meaningful debate on the blog? I am sick of your incessant critique of those persons who generates meaningful and productive debate of the blog. And your little yellow face and awful sense of humor has and continues to do a disservice those persons who are serious about collegiate the rapport.

  5. Wait Dompey…
    Did you not just say that you won’t discourse with Igrunt Bushie?
    Ya mean you can’t do ANYTHING right…?

    Fret not… were destined to dislike Bushie… is a natural enmity between bushmen and brass bowls….don’t lose any sleep over it.
    You should worry more about why, not even the US army – looking for grunts to troll the wilds of Afghanistan- don’t want you as a low level soldier…
    LOL perhaps the Sargeant kicked you out for your persistent idiocy ….as captain David will soon be forced to do from the BU army….LOL

    🙂 🙂
    …one for you and one for the other Jack Donkey Boremann….

  6. @ Sargent
    …Wuh you ain’t much better than.ex-private Dompey skipper….you ain’t say a pang above….
    …are you saying there is no good reason why Russia would be upset about moves to annex Ukraine?

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