Antigua and Barbuda’s Acting PM condemns attacks on journalists

Acting Antigua & Barbuda PM Steadroy Cutie Benjamin


During the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) 54th Annual General Assembly at the Royalton Resort in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda’s Acting Prime Minister Steadroy Benjamin emphasized that acts of violence against media professionals in Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean should never be allowed to happen.

This comes after a Dominican journalist named Carlisle Jno Baptiste had his vehicle firebombed allegedly after he covered a sensitive case.

Another attack on journalists in Haiti resulted in the loss of two lives.

Benjamin condemned these actions and believes that violence against journalists in the region should not be tolerated.

He urged journalists to see an attack on one as an attack on all and to continue standing up against perpetrators.

The General Assembly was attended by regional media and business professionals, including Dr. Claire Grant, the CBU’s President, and Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon, the President of the Caribbean Development Bank.

He mentioned that the twin-island nation has passed legislation to protect against defamation and ensure freedom of speech.

Antigua and Barbuda became the first country in the region to repeal criminal libel from the law in 2015, less than six months after the elections.

The CBU’s 54th Annual General Assembly concluded with a closed Plenary Session for members of the CBU following Tuesday’s Caribbean Media Awards Gala at Government House.

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  1. Ibo France
    August 19, 2023

    A smiling face doesn’t mean a smiling heart. This is the face of lies and evil. The Roosevelt’s maladministration and the Top Dog’s floundering cabal of rogues are two of the most restrictive in terms of public information.

    Note: Brown Paper Boy has referred to himself as the Top Dog in his country. Sickening!

  2. Ibo France
    August 18, 2023

    Thou hypocrite! The Antigua Labour Party’s supporters led by their foul mouthed, Adolf Hitler-like leader, curse anyone who does not share their misguided ideas and policies, including journalists.

    The Brown Paper boy who is afflicted with verbal dysentery has described himself as King Sue. Nobody excapes his juvenile tantrum and frequent bouts of uncommon rage. Journalists who ask probing questions of the government ministers are often subjected to insulted, vilified and scoffed at.

    • Ibo France
      August 20, 2023

      Did not read over – ‘subjected to’ should be omitted.

  3. Jonathan Y St Jean
    August 18, 2023

    I still haven’t heard a darn word from the “I’m-the-people” leader in Dominica, AKA Skerritt. Neither have I heard anything from Blackmoore the minister of national security in Dominica. The President of Dominica has also been moomoo. Where is leadership when it’s needed. Their silence speaks volumes.

  4. MEME
    August 18, 2023

    But what is the latest on the investigation?
    Does anyone know?
    What puzzled me though, was that after the attack, Carlisle mentioned calling the Starboy of Stupidity? Why did you do so Carlisle?
    Why not the police?

    • Ibo France
      August 21, 2023

      This clearly shows the secretive and incestuous relationship between these local so-called journalists and this current nakedly corrupt regime. Too many of them are in bed with Star Boy of Stupidity and his damnable cohorts of shady characters.

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