BIM Sidelined Once Again by the Nation Newspaper and Demands Apology

Submitted by Candidate for St. Michael West, Neil a. Holder, POLITICAL LEADER, Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM)

Neil Holder, Leader of the BIM

Reference is drawn to an article of April 1st, 2018 at pages 22A & 23A written by Mr. Barry Alleyne.

Our concerns are the fact that the representative of the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) and Candidate Neil Holder has been omitted from any mention in the stated article.

Furthermore, while it is widely known within the constituency that the Candidate Neil Holder which represents BIM is ever present, he is also the political leader of the party!

We find this purposeful omission to be of a political nature and therefore does not hold fast to professional and objective journalism expected in 2018.

Of further concern is the fact that the constituency of St. Michael West starts at Hindsbury Road and proceeds onto Roebuck Street, Country Road, Passage Road, Westbury Road, President kennedy Drive, Spring Garden, Deacons Road, Goodland Main Road, Bridge Gap, Black Rock, Eagle Hall, Bank Hall Main Road, Sobers Junction onto Hindsbury once more. This means that the sample of the constituency taken by the said journalist Mr, Barry Alleyne has been confined to less than 1/4 of the constituency.

In this regard, it appears very inconsistent with what may be deemed as best practices for adequate and objective journalism for future election coverage. Much is left to be considered!!!

The fact remains that earlier this year the Nation Newspaper also carried an article which referred to the Political Parties that will contest the 2018 General Election where the same Journalist again omitted to mention the Barbados Integrity Movement. However in that article, the said journalist made reference to the Candidate for St. Peter as the representative of the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance (NBKA) even after a public announcement that Apostle. Lynroy Scantlebury had merged the NBKA with the BIM to be recognised as the BIM for all future intents and purposes!

We find this behaviour to be grossly erroneous and disingenuous by nature and therefore devoid of INTEGRITY!

We are therefore demanding a public apology from the Nation Newspaper in this regard.

36 comments

  • We find this purposeful omission to be of a political nature and therefore does not hold fast to professional and objective journalism expected in 2018.(Quote)

    You at e right. It is not good journalism. However, once the general election has been declared, if they do it it will be breaking the law. Make a formal complaint to the DPP’s office. If they mention any one candidate in a constituency, they must by law mention the others.

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    You at e right. It is not good journalism. However, once the general election has been declared, if they do it it will be breaking the law. Make a formal complaint to the DPP’s office. If they mention any one candidate in a constituency, they must by law mention the others.

    There is no such LAW here, Hal…

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch April 1, 2018 at 5:17 PM #

    Thanks for that. It is a very strict law in the UK which is enforceable. Another flaw in our Westminster/Whitehall model.

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    We do not even have a journalistic watchdog, far less the criminalization of unfair political publications!

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  • Special rules apply when reporting political matters during an election or referendum period. These rules are designed to ensure one party or candidate does not get an advantage over the others and exist in addition to the general rules concerning impartiality.(Quote)

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  • @Hal

    The term BANANA REPUBLIC comes to mind. Our understood rules of journalism and electioneering are obviously outdated, Barbados is much more advanced. You would have thought that a democracy desened from British Law would have had similar legislation, hmmmm.

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  • Wily Coyote April 1, 2018 at 5:47 PM #

    I don’t agree. Barbados punches above it weight and is one of the most advanced nations in the world. Our press is also superb and our institutions cutting edge..

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  • Caswell Franklyn

    It does not appear to me that BIM was deliberately sidelined. It is simply that they are making no noticeable impact and are therefore easily forgotten.

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  • In many countries the concept of equal time for each Party contesting an Election is observed, however an Election hasn’t been called and the Nation whatever its faults doesn’t have to apologize to any potential candidate for not publishing his/her name in any article in his/her potential constituency. ( I say potential because one never knows who will pony up the deposit to contest the Election).

    Personally, I think that the Nation owes its readers an apology for an article which was written about a dispute between two neighbours concerning a dead fowl where one man was slashed by the other; the writer wrote that the dispute was about a “dead cock”.

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  • As they say, heavy is the head that wears the crown. Usually every opposition party { fringe groups like BIM included} reserve the ire of their spiel for the party that holds the reins of Government, rather than train their focus on fellow opponents. In the face of the glaring ineptitude that has been the hallmark of this administration’s stewardship the irregularity cannot be missed. In this regard it too appears very inconsistent with what may be deemed as best practices for adequate and objective campaigning to win. As you attempt to drag the red herring of sexual orientation across the political trail , all it takes is a modicum of common sense to recognize your motive of misogyny. A genuine love for Barbados demands a genuine effort to rid this country of today’s version of the DLP…….supporter of Motley or not. IT DOES NOT MATTER.

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  • Hal Austin April 1, 2018 5.29 PM #
    “Special rules apply when reporting political matters during an election or referendum period. These rules are designed to ensure one party or candidate does not get an advantage over the others and exist in addition to the general rules concerning impartiality.(Quote)”

    What absolute nonsense. Tell that to CBC.

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  • Hal Austin does not live here therefore he would be unaware of CBC News every night highlighting Ministers every night regardless of if it is important or not forvthe first 15 minutes or so,with scarcely a word from the BLP on any matter.Added to this the call in program hosted by three Dems,especially the female who is quick to argue and defend the Government regardless of the issue with anyone who criticizes the Government,which is clearly biased but Mr Austin would not know this.

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  • Pick up, dust off and move again Bro Holder. Complaining gains you nothing.

    Observing

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  • The Blogmaster from the periphery has a lot of respect for individuals like Neil Holder, Grenville Phillips, Lynette Eastmond et al for throwing their political hats in the ring -against a duopoly.

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  • @Lorenzo April 1, 2018 7:50 PM After more years than I can count of being a MCTV Subscriber, I took the decision about a month ago to cancel further contributions to the CBC on a monthly basis for just the reason you highlighted in your submission. Namely the nightly parade of government ministers across the television screen. A decision should be made by the minister to either defund CBC or The GIS as there is duplication of purpose by one or the other. Highly unlikely when one considers that the same minister has repeatedly shown to be incapable of making ANY kind of decision in the past, up to and including when or how to set an election date.

    He has again made history by taking a country that was once “punching above its weight” to a place where it is now “weighing below its punch”. You go King Frool, you have secured your place in history and it will not be kind unless of course it is written by ex Ambassador to T&T “Mr never achieved one damned thing while there”!

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  • @David

    Against a duopoly or the Mia Mottley-led BLP? Can you see Lynette starting a party if OSA was still a member of the BLP?

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  • @enuff

    Probably not!

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  • On another note it was interesting to observe how Lynette resorted to political speak to defend the biting out clitoris comment by Maria. Are third parties so different?

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  • @David
    Especially when Lynette made the statement that she is not aware that there’s any truth about such an act being committed by any political personality; yet she’s on facebook mirroring Maria Agard’s comment.

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  • My problem with these third parties is these individual leaders not giving candidates a chance to speak, The leader cannot win an election by alone.

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  • …..win an election by themselves.

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  • Caswell Franklyn
    April 1, 2018 6:16 PM

    It does not appear to me that BIM was deliberately sidelined. It is simply that they are making no noticeable impact and are therefore easily forgotten.

    A friend told me she would vote for Natalee before political nobody Neil Holder. She admited she has never heard of Holder. She’s adamant none on the politicians he is running against are worthy of her vote. Whatever you say about the Nation the paper don’t publishit.

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  • Josh aka waiting

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  • Neil Holder got his wish, there he is on the front page sandwich between Mark Adamson and Lynette Eastmond.

    Interesting side show Linda Fields UPP saga. Smell something here.

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  • In related news the dormant Barbados Association of Journalist will make an attempt to elect an executive on Sunday. The blogmaster await with interest the composition of the executive.

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  • Linda Field COULD become a BLP senator.

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  • Why Hants?

    What has she done to help the BLP during its 10 years in the Opposition? Parties usually give those picks to party loyalists. I am always against party hoppers. No loyalty!

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  • @ Prodigal Son,

    I have no idea what she has done for the BLP. The name ” FIELD ” is a BLP family name.

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  • I thought Mark Adamson was one of the peripheral parties who had joined up with the UPP when the likes of CAP joined up.

    Miss Eastmond gave the impression that the guy who was expelled from the UPP for advocating the legislation of marijuana was inherited from one of these entities and as such was not vetted.

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  • @David

    Do you know which party Neil Holder was formerly associated?

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  • @Prodigal Son

    Have no idea, enlighten us please if you are seized with the info.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    “Miss Eastmond gave the impression that the guy who was expelled from the UPP for advocating the legislation of marijuana was inherited from one of these entities and as such was not vetted.”

    Well, that has been the only imaginatively innovative proposal coming from the UPP so far.

    All the rest of the UPP’s proposals parroted by Ms Eastmond are nothing but BLP cold soup warmed over to make it look as if the UPP was onto something new all of which can be found filed away in the various ministries and agencies mandated to create a local business environment (including the cultural industry sector) capable of operating in today’s competitively challenging world of international financial business, entertainment, sports and the arts.

    All the political parties must come to the stark realization that the use of cannabis sativa is here to stay having embedded itself in the ‘sub-culture’ among the Bajan youth and would be with them for the rest of their adult lives.

    Moreover, there is much more to cannabis than its ‘smoking’ qualities. Why not exploit its other potentially commercial qualities? Why not save annually massive amounts of foreign exchange amassed in the underground economy and used to pay for the imported marijuana?

    Isn’t the concept of ‘import substitution’ applicable to cannabis production and consumption wherein Bajans can eat not only what they grow but also grow what they want to eat for medicine to heal the growingly sick population even if some of what is consumed is exhaled as smoke?

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  • Lunatic Holder isn’t only a jackass he’s the worse pile of steaming sh*t in the pit of morons stinking up the elections.

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  • @Josh aka waiting

    The same can be said for CARRINGTON et al.

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  • CEO of the Nation Group, Anthony Shaw stated: “The restructuring involves a full redesign of the organisational structure and consolidation of departments across the group, as well as increased utilisation of technology in key workflows and processes.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/147739/nation-restructuring-update

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  • This must be the longest most drawn out restructuring in newspaper publishing. Instead of confusing people by rolling it out, why not announce the changes in one full flush? I have seen a number of restructurings in my time and have been involved in many myself, but this beats them all.

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