Leader of the United Workers Party Edison James says the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration should do more damage control in the international media after two gay men were arrested and charged last week for reportedly participating in homosexual activities.
James says Dominica has been receiving bad publicity in the international media and government should do something about it.
“Last week a cruise ship docked at our shores. Two passengers from that ship were charged with the offence of indecent exposure. They were convicted at the magistrate’s court and fined in accordance with the provisions of the laws of Dominica. Unfortunately sections of the media, particularly the foreign media have distorted the true position and presenting Dominica and its people homophobic and hostile to the gay people. There are even efforts to persuade potential tourists and others to avoid visiting our country,” he said.
James said this has the potential to damage the nation’s economy.
He said it is also disturbing and disappointing “that up till now there have been no efforts by government and relevant authorities to correct this unwarranted and unfair attack on Dominica”.
He said the Government should immediately address this issue, reiterating our commitment to uphold and apply the law, “debunking any notion that the cruise ship passengers were targeted based on sexual orientation and reiterating that Dominica welcomes all visitors genuine tourist and persons who wish to do business here”.
He said to do or say nothing will result in the continued undermining of the interest of Dominica by those who seek to affect the tourism sector and the economy as whole.