Freedom of Expression in the Constitution of Barbados
Submitted by Samantha Walker
I called VOB, after listening to the woes of a female caller who was in the midst of her story and the word “politicians” was mentioned. The programme was immediately CUT from the air. It was resumed with the knowledge that you had missed the most “important” part of a person’s opinion.
As a listener and citizen, I called Mr Ellis, at VOB, who explained the necessity for them to cut defamation out of the broadcast, to avoid being sued. My professional opinion is, as a Counsellor… “tailoring the person’s opinion to suit certain individuals”. If open conversation is not had about the “citizens” problems, what is the purpose of VOB and the society, as a whole. This process divides the nation. Divide and Rule. We hear “pay taxes, where to, how to, when to” openly over the news, TV stations and media. Yet we do not have the right to “freedom of speech”, in the 21st century. Long given to citizens of the USA and the UK, who we supposedly follow in most cases but not when it concerns the citizens.
Do you have any idea how this can be moved forward so “we” can be given the rights that they report we already have.
Page 1 of the 2016 Human Rights Report, The Executive Summary and quote:
“Barbados is a multiparty parliamentary democracy. In the 2013 national elections, voters re-elected Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of the Democratic Labour Party Observers considered the vote generally in accordance with international standards, despite allegations of small-scale vote buying. (vote buying can sway a decision no matter how small).
“Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the security forces. The most serious human rights problems were unprofessional conduct by police and violence against women and children. (These are not the most serious, all human rights problems are serious,, what about corruption)
“The government took steps to investigate and prosecute officials who committed abuses.” (I haven’t seen enough prosecutions of officials, how can we change this or report to those who might be able to intervene?)
(2) PM Stuart holds reparations discussions, took place on 3rd May 2017 and yet no feedback for the population.
PM Stuart holds reparations discussions
Strategies to further the region’s reparations agenda were the focus of discussion when Prime Minister Freundel …
How can we get our PM to update the nation on the above’?
Stuart, is the Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, received a progress report on the reparations efforts, and suggested several approaches to advancing the region’s agenda…… (The people have a right to know what approaches the PM has suggested)
A citizen, tired of all the injustices