Dominican journalist, Carlisle Jno Baptiste, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Chronicle Media Group Incorporated, known as The Chronicle.
Through his lawyer, Cara Shillingford in suit DOMHCV 41 OF 2015, Jno Baptiste claims that the newspaper defamed him by falsely and maliciously publishing statements about him and referring to him as “Canlie Jellsanti.”
The defamatory statements were published in the June 27, 2014 edition of The Chronicle in an article “Nabes and I” under the caption “A moder’s love,” according to the suit.
The court documents, obtained by DNO, said the article was published by the Defendant “maliciously” and the publication constitutes “a vicious and deliberate attack on the Claimant’s reputation as a result of his actual and or perceived political opinion.”
“Several persons who read the said article stated that they now had a low opinion of the claimant because of the article and that he was a sick and depraved individual,” the suit reads. “Many persons approached the claimant about the article and treated him with hatred and derision … the statements, innuendoes and imputations contained in the said article have lowered the claimant’s reputation in the estimation of right thinking members of society generally.”
Among the particulars of reference made was that “Canlie Jellsanti was from Pointe Michel and resides with his moder and always on the fire chair shouting Mat,” according to the suit.
The claimant, the suit said, fear that “unless restrained by the Honourable Court the Defendant will continue publishing defamatory material about him.”
“He is claiming damages for defamation, exemplary and aggravated damages; an injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing the offending words; cost; interest and any further and other relief that this Honourable Court deems fit,” the suit said.