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.