PM Skerrit chastises media for negative news

Skerrit said there should be a nationalistic spirit in Dominica

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has chastised the media in Dominica saying that it goes to the gutters and garbage bin to find negative stories about the country.

He was addressing members of the media after the contract signing for the architectural design of a National Multi-Sports Complex in Dominica on Friday.

He said the media should work with facts and leave it to the audience to form an opinion.

“I just find that in this country we go in the gutters and we go in the garbage bins looking for negative stories about Dominica and unless we cannot find one, we don’t want to print our newspaper or we don’t want to go with our newscast,” he stated.

The Prime Minister was speaking against the background of a story in The Sun Newspaper which claimed that the government of Dominica owes the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Supreme Court about $8-million.

It appeared Skerrit was not pleased with the article saying it was a ‘totally and a complete lie.’ He stated that the government owed the Supreme Court ‘over seven or so million dollars’ but a significant sum has already been paid and Dominica is now owing $4.4-million which will be placed in this year’s budget and paid off by the end of 2017.

According to the Prime Minister, in some countries there is an understanding among journalists, the government and the state that “salacious and negative stories” never appear on the front or back pages of newspapers.

“I don’t want to call countries here but we all know the countries …” he noted. “We go to these countries and we feel that there is no crime because never will you see the reporting of any crime on the front page or the second page or the back page or the headline news.”

He stated that there should be a greater sense of nationalist spirit and commitment to country in Dominica.

“If there is something that has to be said, it has to be said but we cannot always want to be so salacious, so scandalous and so rumor mongering,” Skerrit noted. “It is becoming the order of the day.”

The Prime Minister said he has no problems with people criticizing the government but it must be done in a certain manner.

“I have no problem with people criticizing the government but criticize the government from a standpoint of facts,” he stated. “I have done my research and these are the points that I came up with.”

He described the matter as very serious since, according to him, negative news has the ability to undermine Dominica.

“Bad news travel around the world five times before positive news can put on its clothes and at the end of the day when we give people out there the impression that our country is not a safe place to come and visit and so forth, who you think is going to be affected?” he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said he expects to see an apology and correction from The Sun Newspaper when it goes to press on Monday.

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113 Comments

  1. d-a born
    June 13, 2017

    Ok, Trump.

  2. June 12, 2017

    Dominicans living abroad love to get news from the homeland and appreciate honest reporting.

    Sad to say not all news is good. Unfortunately, bad things happen as well as good things. But people want to know.

    The problem with negative reporting is that an abundance of it can condition the human mind to think to think because it is happening that is simply the human condition now and that is how it is suppose to be.

    First, good things are also happening in Dominica and maybe more should be made of them. Personally,
    I have no trouble finding positive news articles in DNO. This in spite lf the fact that some of your people think it is none of my business what is happening on the nature island!

    Second, there should be a better understanding of the gospel everywhere. This is THE good news that Christ by His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins and rose again as proof that the Father had accepted that sacrifice. We as individuals can be saved by believing this.

    • June 12, 2017

      Continuation:

      You want good news :?: Please read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Romans I:16. That is the news!

      Third, people and circumstances can be changed. Evangelist Billy Graham said he believed in changing society one person at a time. The dynamic for this change is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the work of grace God does in the human heart when an individual BELIEVES and RECIEVES Christ as his (or her) Personal
      Savior.

      Good news, good news, good news :!:

      *… as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of GOD.* (John 1:12)

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. (Just a teller of good news.)

      • June 13, 2017

        The above comment written by myself ends with a verse from the Bible. I failed to finish the verse correctly. Please forgive me for my unintentional error and read the entire verse. This is something I take seriously. It should read:

        *But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name.* (John 1:12)

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill

    • viewsexpressed
      June 14, 2017

      Rev… What really is your stress, Good news or negative reporting. Let me advise you that we are the ones in Dominica feeling the bobol and thievery heat. This government is playing with the minds of people especially of poor people. We know the bible and we have been very patient with this inept Skerrit. What we want is good governance and decent government that our poor people are elevated from begging to good jobs……Hep get rid of Skerrit, his government is corrupt
      God Bye
      God Bless

  3. dissident
    June 11, 2017

    De Sun newspaper doh work for you skerrit…who you think you speaking to in that authoritative tone!

    Facts are stubborn things PM!

    You would have sounded more credible if you had responded immediately!

    I think that the story in the Sun newspaper shocked you…..like you were caught with your pants down……CBI money rescued you with a rapid payment…then you PM coming riding on your horse with that mob boss persona.

    You sold your soul for power!!!
    You are destroying yourself!!

  4. south.
    June 11, 2017

    I think you should apologize to the media because at the time the story broke it was indeed about 8 million dollars. why didn’t you supply them with the correct amount that was owed? more reasons why u must go!

    • June 12, 2017

      The papers must never ever apologize to Skerrit he is trying to step into Donald Trump shoes, well it was not fake news at the time of printing it was 8 million dollars so don’t blame the news paper you got what you deserved because you refuse to care for the people.

  5. koodo
    June 11, 2017

    Blessings to Dominica

  6. viewsexpressed
    June 11, 2017

    “……media in Dominica saying that it goes to the gutters and garbage bin to find negative stories about the country”. Skerrit opens his mouth daily and spews garbage and rubbish. It is not his fault, that is the nature of the best of the political philosophy of this man, referred to as illiterate politics and one of fear.
    Where else can the media find news but where it is and that is in the Labour cesspit media and the only political party residing there is the Corrupt, abusive Dominia Labour Party, headed by the incompetent questionable leader of this corrupt Labour party.
    This Skerrit can say what he wants and comes up with nonsense because that is where his politics is and that of this corrupt about Government. Skerrit Must Go, Sir, we will not be distracted. The more you open your mouth is the more we will chastise you because of corrupt government and you not fit to be Prime Mininister. Go to hell Sir, Go, you are a big failure. Skerrit Must Go! Now

  7. Skerrit Must Go... Now
    June 11, 2017

    Profoundly immoral and wicked… evil deeds personified

  8. only time will tell
    June 11, 2017

    BABY BOY stop crying you should be a big boy don’t cry your time coming the sun is going down baby child your mum loves you I new it was you that keep taking the sugar and the 00.50 cents all the time you were telling me is not you its your big brother LINTON but its ok as I use to tell you ill find out

  9. Spike
    June 11, 2017

    Downplaying local crime may be good for tourism, but honest journalists will put “above the fold” the news that is honestly most important. Mr. Skerrit should do his job and not complain that other people doing other jobs are not helping him. For example, if Labour would violate the law, the media should expose that, not paper it over to boost tourism (and political careers). Given the American media (which has retreated from treason and collusion to Mr. Trump simply twisting arms and being boorish–but wait, we knew that), Mr. Skerrit has it mild.

  10. CARTREATS
    June 11, 2017

    PM the fact still remains that Dominica owes the OECS court, you are ashamed because you are the finance minister. PM pay attention and stop creating NEGATIVE NEW ,the media is there to bring the new and inform the people

  11. john paul
    June 10, 2017

    when you tell us who our ambassadors are we will consider listening to you in the meantime we got the ear plugs on .All your friends oppress the Press so we expect you will behave the same way

  12. Laplaine Observer
    June 10, 2017

    Sheritt is beginning to adopt the practices of dictators who restricts freedom of the press. There’s no misinformation here from the news paper. Skeritt admits we owe OVER $7 million, if the news paper estimate is $8 million, there’s no intent to mislead the public. Now, we know the countries you’re referring to are, Russia, Cuba, and China because they all suppresses freedom of the press.

  13. Scampy
    June 10, 2017

    Here’s as song for you Dr. Lovely University, Honourable, ………………. Prime Minister.

    This can easily be sung to the tune of ‘Erica woh, who, who” –

    Dr. PM, your dimples were once cute
    But now you’re fat, chweps
    You have always been in public service
    But you now as rich as b***tch
    Tell us Dr. PM how’s that is so
    All of Dominica needs to know
    We all want to be rich like you
    Tell us, Tell us, Tell us!!

    (Chorus)
    Skerro is rich
    Just like a b**tch
    Where did he get the money
    Let us ask Tony
    Let us ask Tony!

    In Russian (for Mr. Lavrov’s benefit) –
    Вот как песня для вас, доктор Милый университет, почетный, многомиллионный (по зарплате государственного служащего) премьер-министр.

    Это можно легко спеть под мелодию «Эрика уо, кто, кто» –

    Д-р PM, ваши ямочки были когда-то милыми
    Но теперь вы жирные, cwueps
    Вы всегда были на государственной службе
    Но вы теперь так же богаты, как b *** tch
    Скажите нам, доктор PM, как…

  14. UK Dominican
    June 10, 2017

    Did Iranian fugitive Mahmed Reza Khavari perhaps also receive a diplomatic passport from Dominica? Or is that just a rumor. It is for Francine Baron to deny or confirm. In the absence of any disclosures from her we are free to speculate. No comment will be seen as a confirmation.

  15. zando
    June 10, 2017

    skeritt are you trying to control the media and tell them what ti publish?
    skeritt let the media be free to communicate the news of the day
    skeritt stop trying to be a communist

  16. Prolific
    June 10, 2017

    People think that this is the place to relieve their stresses. I listen to the reading competition and man, the pm is rebuilding some brain boxes. They made dodds feels like his missing a lot. Parents ,uncles,cousins,don’t be bribe by them the sky is the limit. CBI. COMES WITH BIG BRAINS. You did not asked to be born. Yes! Dominica belongs to Mr.Rosevelt Skerrit the one and only join us in the gardens.

  17. Unknown
    June 10, 2017

    I’m with you Shaka Zulu

  18. Sad
    June 10, 2017

    Coming from a man who doesnt go on Q, picks and chooses what he says on DBS, blocks people on Social Media who disagrees with him – Skerrit is the ultimate hypocrite . Even the online and print media from Dominica has been tainted by this man – a sociopathic megalomaniac holding on to power by any means.

    • Me
      June 12, 2017

      Amen. Succinct and to the point.

  19. Shat Mamaw
    June 10, 2017

    You are so right Mr Pm. Some people jounalists/ and media persons are so bent on destroying the nation for political gains/ reasons. So long election pass.

  20. June 10, 2017

    I swear Skerrit thinks he is Donald Trump, talking about negative news. Those people place themselves in office and get offended when people/media have things to say. IF you are so sensitive, then resign. SMFH

  21. Anon
    June 10, 2017

    DNO: I hope you publish.

    I read the story in the Sun and I’m still trying to figure out what about it that so upsets the prime minister.
    The story states, “Of the nine member countries that make up the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) supreme court, none owes the court as much in dues as the nearly $8 million that Dominica does.
    Figures obtained by The Sun reveal that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration was indebted to the court to the tune of $7,522,576 as at January this year, $131,588 more than the $ 7,391,018 it owed in December 2016.”
    The prime minister himself admitted that his government owed the court “over seven or so million dollars”, just what the Sun reported. So why must it apologise? He said he had paid some of the debt. When did he pay it? After January? After the story was published?
    Interestingly, the story also quoted Dominican lawyer Justin Simon as raising concern about the $27 million owed to the court, the same amount quoted by the…

    • Anon
      June 10, 2017

      he story also quoted Dominican lawyer Justin Simon as raising concern about the $27 million owed to the court, the same amount quoted by the Sun. Does this put Justin Simon in the gutter and garbage bin? It also quoted the chief justice complaining that “the court’s headquarter has not received all the approved budget contributions from all the member states” in over a decade. Is the chief justice in the gutter and garbage bin?
      Or could it be that the prime minister’s attack on the paper was a feeble attempt at misdirection, trying to take attention away from the fact that his government owe the court millions of dollars?
      As for the prime minister’s contention that there are countries where the media collude with the government, I can think of Russia, China and North Korea. Is this what he intends us to be?

  22. blog
    June 10, 2017

    You agree that you owe the bloody money so why the apology? Pay the people cause you are sitting on millions. You arw in the gutter so thats where the news must come from. Well done to the SUN NEWS PAPER. Don’t issue any apology to skerrit. You have printed the try.

  23. RastarMarn
    June 10, 2017

    But wait nuh, why is the Dominican government paying the Court that kind of money in the first place!!! That’s what Marn want to know, Marn doe care how much got paid already and how much remaining to pay, the elephant in the room is Why!!!

    More importantly why wasn’t that Asstaphan Fellow defending dat action!!!

    or did he fail to represent???

    Now I know where to go for real news thank you DNO for this story,,,

  24. Labour power
    June 9, 2017

    Labour ka twavoy, who don’t like it and they vex is their face

  25. Zammy
    June 9, 2017

    Mr Prime minister, point well taken but the bad news n bad press looking at you. The Dominica labour party epitomises negativity. Just listen to the map wee n nasty political rallies of the Dlp.
    Dlp is pure gutter politics.
    Dlp is bad news so Skerritt n Labour must go.

  26. June 9, 2017

    Skerro should be charge with plagiarism, he took a page out of Donald Trump scrip.

  27. Just Thinking
    June 9, 2017

    The Prime Minister confirms that we owe a substantial amount of money.He confirms we have paid some of the debt.
    He confirms there is an outstanding balance..Just what is he complaining about that the Sun has reported the facts.

  28. Helas!
    June 9, 2017

    It was this good old lady who said , Bow your eyes and close your Head.
    I am not closing my head . You owed over seven million dollars, somebody report you owe about eight million, So what!!!!!!!!! now you owe over four almost five million so what.
    although I think the court should not get a dime.

  29. done&done
    June 9, 2017

    I’d like to know who willed this country to Skearat! Oh i know! Dumb-Inicans.

  30. done&done
    June 9, 2017

    Hoe does he help in the development of his own country, when all of his clothes is bought abroad? :lol: A “SHOWBOAT.” :lol: :lol: :lol:

  31. Hendricks ismael
    June 9, 2017

    What is the answer to most of our problems is it Dr Roosevelt skerritt or is it the British that gave us independence without no training to think and create jobs for our selves . Some people wants change its healthy and good in any democratic system . But we should and must demand that our government provides the avenue to grow the economy . The growth must come from the private sector . We need a different kind of approach of educating our youth. The broblems is not so complated, how many jobs does the private sector provides , and how much taxes does the citizens pay to the state . And when the new pm gets in what is he going to do different . Do any body on the opposition side own a water factory now. You must show me what you can manage , and how many people you employ now. Tell Mr Linton go and bid for the contract to build the marigot hospital and employ some of his people . Government is not the answer to all our problems . We must learn to help ourselves .

  32. dady b
    June 9, 2017

    It is more than 8 m h seed that he payed 7 and have will pay 4.4 at the end of 2017 is that what he seed some body tell me so he have to pay 11.4 .4

  33. Lang Mama
    June 9, 2017

    “He won’t call the name of the countries but everyone knows what country they are” Venezuela, Rusdia, Cuba, Morocco ?
    This kind of statement was made by all dictators befire they reign terror on the people.

  34. June 9, 2017

    Just say “fake news”, like Donald Trump says.

  35. June 9, 2017

    I am inviting Dominicans @ home and abroad to the most important web sites in the world if you are seeking KNOWLEDGE and INFORMATION, TRINICENTER.COM, enjoy your search and suf. Bob D.

  36. %
    June 9, 2017

    Just have a look at the faces of the people ruling the country,and you will understand why we have retrogressed so badly!
    SKERRIY MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!

  37. June 9, 2017

    Points well made Mr Prime Minister, the US media has been historically used as a weapon to control the minds of the people globally, sensationalism is the way to go in keeping the mind captive and one tracked, With the exception of the local news , Dominica is bombed continuously by the caucasoid people and their media. Cable TV was placed in Dominica for a reason, after the peoples’ upheavals of the 70′, 80′ ect together with Religious radio, eg the Racist later day saints church, Dominica is well situated in their box. At times the comments published on this media for example,are PLAGIARIZED, its like their knowledge of the facts, come from the US NEWS networks. Some Dominicans in the Diaspora should know better, but living a shocked life in the US, Canada and England has left themselves and Dominicans on the Island wanting. Black media internationally, can stand up to the trash being purveyed on a people ,whose minds have not been evolved. Modern day imperialism is at its worst…

  38. %
    June 9, 2017

    Skerrit you have already brought this ailing country into the dirtiest gutters of the world with scoundrels and criminals likeMonfared,Madueke,Lapseng,etc..Thats why you had to hire the services of a Crisis Management Firm..Dominica is in CRISIS..Just a few hours ago you were in Russia,doing,GOD KNOWS WHAT,but they have already taught you how to try to “Shut Up the Media”..Not you Skerro.!Instead of going round the county,buying votes with our CBI money,Why cant you pay the Supreme court,?The media must feed us with more of these vital information.Well done “The Sun”.Thats my paper of choice.I admire your good work..If Dominica was another country we have “Boots on the Ground”for your savage,unwarranted,tumultous,attack on the media..This is undemocratic! will always protest against Evil men,evil rulers.!!
    SKERRIT MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!

  39. Hendricks ismael
    June 9, 2017

    You told me I am singing for my supper I will agree with you up to a point . I am singing for the best man we have had since independence from Britain . Has Dr Roosevelt skerritt did any thing good for his people . And how are we going to help him make it better .

  40. Tjebefort
    June 9, 2017

    Alireza Monfared, Alison Madueke, Francesco Corallo, Ng Lap Seng, Vladimir Antonov, Ambassador Torner just to name a few of a rogues gallery that was presented to us by the foreign news media through your doing Roosevelt Medard Skerrit. Nobody in Dominica had to retrieve this from a bobol bin. You should be ashamed of yourself! It is you who put us in a bad spotlight, yes you! This is still a free country where you control most of the media. You want to control internet, facebook etc. as well.
    I’m sorry to say it but you more and more resemble that deranged man in N. Korea.
    If you want to shut up all Dominicans that speak the truth you will have to silence a lot of us, and even then there are more Dominicans overseas who will continue to expose and haunt you brother.
    /

    • NUWPl
      June 9, 2017

      Go to the treasury and collect a check ok. Because you salary will be increasewen u lapiday Dominica name.

      Hahahahahhh

      Zor sot to eh.

      Attheend of the day is still Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit.

      Nothing happens to his name. Ok so keep dat in mind.

      So wen all u try to dirty Dominicas name just note is our country and not labour nor pm country we “TRYIN” to dirty.

      When all u finish say all u love dominica.

      But is good thing WE DOMINICANS NOT BOTHERED WITH U ALL. 19 seats we heading for while all I looking for money to save all u leader.

      So come with all u fake news still. Not we all u fooling bcus we doe want to hear all u no takingall u on.

      SO GO PM GO AD PROMOTE OUR COUNTRY WE ARE FOLLOWING YOU.

      So let them minority try do destroy Dominica name still. They destroying them self not Dominica.

      WE ARE BLESSED SO GO PM GO MY LEADER. Dominicans love u dat is y we are in REEEEEEED AND WE HAPPY WE Not BLUE.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      These types of consistent comments are the ones you should be sued for. For one, they are not uplifting and educating. This is the type of comments you UWP supporters continue to spew on this Website.
      People want to read something that at least could also make them smile.
      Some people who reside out of D/ca informed me that they never read the comments. Some have ceased accessing this Website due to your type of comments. Know that this is not good for DNO.
      I, personally have noted, through the years the comments and responses to them have dwindled. I scan through some of them and by-pass them. I realize it is not worth responding to some of them for they are the same comments over and over again and they become boring to read and not worth responding to. People are fed-up with your type of debasing comments.
      Sensible and educated ones like to read what which will also encourage them to access DNO to also comment and to offer their opinion and experience.

      • Tjebe fort
        June 12, 2017

        Truth please know that I am not a UWP supporter and neither a DLP supporter. I only support whatever is best for my country and don’t care what color shirt they wear, even if no shirt alt all.
        Secondly, these are not comments but facts.
        Thirdly our P.M. already sue Dr. Fontaine for the same since 2011. I remember that clearly but up till now that case is not coming to court because the P.M. lawyers keep delaying it, not Dr. Fontaine. Ask yourself why that is so Truth?
        I would be very happy to write something uplifting about my country but find that very difficult with the presentment regime attracting attention for the wrong reasons with their koko makak.
        Our name is worth shit outside because of that and yes that makes me angry like hell.

    • Titiwi
      June 10, 2017

      Lets’s add some more names: Rudolph King, Leroy Paris, Karan Singh and this list is by no means complete!
      In addition in trying to muzzle the media and public commentators in Dominica at the tax payers’ expense, I make no apologies for saying that Mr. Skerrit appears to be a coward. In Dec. 2011 he filed a suit against Dr. Thomson Fontaine for defamation and a subsequent appeal by him for some evidence to be barred was overturned in Nov.2014 with the ruling that the case proceed to High Court for trial. To this day, almost six years later the matter is still lingering and remains unheard. One can not escape the impression that Mr. Skerrit is loath to be questioned under oath in court regarding a case he initiated.
      Our people have every right to question and comment on these- and other perceived wrongdoings, especially in the light of a serious lack of disclosure by a government that rules the country on behalf of all of us. We badly need a freedom of information act.

    • Truth Knowledge
      June 10, 2017

      One suspects you are deliberately choosing to misconstrue what the article reports the Prime Minister as having said. From what I read, he stated, “If there is something to be said, it has to be said but we cannot always want to be so salacious, so scandalous, so rumor mongering…it is becoming the order of the day…I have no problem with people criticizing the government but criticize the government from a standpoint of facts.”

      From this it is clear that the Prime. Minister is not saying that people whether in Dominica or overseas should be “shut up” but merely that we should all be conscious of the potential adverse impact on our country of what we say and do and where the potential damage of our words outweighs the benefit to perhaps choose another medium to convey our concerns.

      • Tjebe fort
        June 13, 2017

        You mean we must spin our news to make it reflect positive on the P.M. and his government when in fact he is the root cause of the negative image of Dominica? No way, I am not going to dress up pork as beef or cask rum as fine cognac. I still have to hear Skerrit’s first apology for putting all of us in a bad light. Do me a favour and stop being an apologist for Roosevelt Skerrit.

  41. JESUS CHILD
    June 9, 2017

    skerrit must be domnica it seem. when you are questioned if the media gets the chance to do so, you put de blame on them for hating de country…. what a mook

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      The problem with some of you is you appear to have no sense. What good is it to always speak ill of the PM who is doing his utmost to enhance and elevate Dominica? Types as you are up to no good. You do not take an interest in what the PM does and what is occurring in Dominica. You consistently lambaste him and demean him. Is this fair?
      You people go to church and with your bibles in hand. Some of you as much as left the Catholic Church saying you have found God as if God was not within you since you were baptized and a practicing Catholic. You got worse than when you were in this Church.
      There is lack of love, peace, respect and cooperation among types as you, the UWP supporters.
      God takes note of all our actions. This will be the downfall of some people, how they age, if they live long enough and their eternal judgment.
      Learn from others and learn to communicate appropriately on this Website. You cause your comments on this Website to be senseless.

  42. Doc. Love
    June 9, 2017

    The Prime Minister should criticize himself because of the manner he treats the media. Many times he is out of state, the local press has to pick up his where about from the foreign press. He goes out, he comes back in without the knowledge of the people, who pays his salary. When was the last time he held a press conference where the local media could ask him questions. When was the last time he had a one on one with the management of the most popular online media, DNO. When was the last time he entered the studios of Q95. Just recently he left for Russia, did he called the press and gave a detailed report before and after he returned from Russia. Dominicans have heard so much about the alleged tainted CBI money being refused by certain banks in Dominica, has he ever called the press and discussed the matter. If took Mr. Linton to ask a question in parliament for Dominicans to know the seriousness of the situation. In the absence of genuine information, propaganda is king.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      Look to yourself. Know that people and those abroad read those types of debasing comments which are out of context. You are worth criticizing for the manner in which you treat the PM and what you state about him.
      When have you stated that the PM is doing a good job in Dominica? Oh no! You people consistently write debasing and negative comments about him and his ministers.
      You uphold what is evil; not what is good. You uphold all what Lennox Linton did and to divide Dominicans and create lack of peace in Dominica. You are the evil ones.
      I am informing you, if I owned a Media Website, many of your comments would not be posted. They serve no useful purpose to nationals and to Dominica. The sensible ones who reside abroad are fed-up with your type of comments.
      I am also informing you, God will hold all of you UWP supporters accountable for what you state on this Website. I can imagine what you state when you do not comment on this Website. God is taking note.

  43. Jonathan St jean
    June 9, 2017

    Sounds like Skerritt is copying from the Trump play book about fake news, however Skerritt has to look into the mirror before talking such garbage.I guess the information about Morfared, Madweke,NG Lap Seng etc are not fake new.What Skerritt needs to realize is that the easiest way to get rid of the back and forth about fake news and the truth is to practice open and transparent government.Skerritt ,simply by following the precedent of the Prime Ministers before you there Will be full and open accountability and the citizens will have knowledge of your actions on the behalf of the country,so it’s all in your hands,my boy.Either you do the right thing or accept the murky news when you don’t provide the facts

    • WELL WELL
      June 9, 2017

      plagiarism WOOSHHHH

    • June 10, 2017

      Skerritt needs a TIME OUT ( in a corner sitting on a little chair) from TV. He watches waaaaaay too much American TV. Dominicans are slowly mimicking and turning into Americans. very soon, they will start yanking. Fake news, negative news, suing, protesting. :roll:

    • indeed
      June 10, 2017

      Skerrit………Trump……….no difference

  44. Look It
    June 9, 2017

    NAME THE COUNTRIES!!!!!

    WAIT!!!! Do you assume that we know the countries which have muzzled the media….. oh you mean countries like Cuba, Venezuela, Russia & China….. because I thinking, and the media- houses in St Lucia, our sister island print and post articles of crime on island, Barbados (a huge tourism destination), St Kitts, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago…. dam all our OECS counterparts, their media-houses print and post articles, same articles you are speaking against!!!!

    YOU ARE TRYING YOUR BEST TO CONTROL THE MEDIA IN DOMINICA….HENCE REASONS THE GOV BOUGHT OVER THE CHRONICLE (the once most read newspaper on island), AND HENCE GIS WAS NOT ENOUGH, MARPIN HAD TO BRIDLED TOO!!!!!

    If Dominicans want to look the other way that is them…. but i got my eyes on you…closely on you and your antics.

    Think you smarter than all Dominicans put together.

    • oh yes!
      June 12, 2017

      St.Maarten – who rely solely on Tourism – the media reports all news – good and bad! Just last week Scotia bank was robbed. Reports on the arrests of governmental office or directors of Government owned companies. The director of the port was arrested for fraud, money laundering bribery – that was headline news in St. Maarten. Skerrit only wants to move Dominica into dictatorship state and so he attacks the media and sue and intimidates those who speaks the truth. Please understand Skerrit – Stalin , Chavez, Saddam, etc were all “ONCE” – you too will be ‘Once” too

  45. Anthony Ismael
    June 9, 2017

    I think you and that bourgeoisie group in Roseau are so used to fooling the masses, that you fool your own self. The Sun stated that we owed some eight million dollars and you provided figures of more than seven million dollars, with a balance of some $4.4 million left. I really don’t see why the need for an apology.

  46. Hendricks ismael
    June 9, 2017

    Why are we at war with each other ?. Why are we not at war c reateing companies . The British left us with low self esteem . We spend valubale time blaming one man , when are we going to take control of our lives and stop being beggars . You people are giving to much control of your lives to government . Your answer and problems starts with you to solve . Wake up and use the mind that I know you are capable of using.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      What they are oblivious of is that God created everyone and they are responsible for themselves. In this era as I have been reading especially on this Website, they consistently blame the government.
      The government has given every one an opportunity to attend elementary and high school. In bygone years some did not have the opportunity to attend high school. In fact, their parents would have to pay for them. If they could not afford it, they did not attend high school.
      How many took an interest in school and graduated? When they are unemployed and cannot find a job and a suitable one at that, they blame the government.
      This is another reason I stand up for the government that the PM deserves credit and respect for what he is presently doing for Dominica and nationals. Why it is some people in Dominica and abroad notice it and some of those in Dominica do not notice it? They must be blind, deaf and sleeping.

    • Thickers
      June 10, 2017

      You’ve got a real hang up with the British brother. Time to move on from that.

    • done&done
      June 10, 2017

      @Hendricks Ismael. Join him and we’ll blame two. :twisted:

  47. Papa Dom
    June 9, 2017

    Wasn’t Curtis Mathew there to ask skerritt what exactly was false about the news. And what about the other media houses, are they afraid to question Skerritt?

  48. June 9, 2017

    Hmmmmm yes I can name one of those countries St. Maarten is one of them. That is just typically Dominicans. Point well taken Mr. PM I agree with you one hundred and beyound percent.

    • Daryl Joseph
      June 9, 2017

      Not sure what st.maarten you are referring to. Have you ever read the herald

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      “Foreign”
      I reside in Canada. This news is broadcasted and published for the purpose of informing residents and that they should be careful, especially when the criminals are not yet caught that, residents should be on the alert in case they see the wanted criminals, to report it to the police or crime stoppers.
      Of course, we are shocked about what is occurring in our environment. However, no one places the blame on the government. No Media publishes it in a manner to debase the government. It is foolish to do so.
      Those I blame are the ones who allow these criminals to be released, be granted bail in addition to not being given sufficient sentencing and to let the punishment suit the crime. If nationals are dissatisfied, they respectfully write their MP about it. If many do, in time, the government will review it and make changes. This is the manner in which this situation should be handled.

    • pwedoooooooooooooo
      June 10, 2017

      Stop your lies about St. Maarten……..I live there and we do have crimes on the front page of the news papers…

  49. motorhead
    June 9, 2017

    Publishers are subject to the laws of the land, not to censorship by politicians. There are echoes of Trump in this attack. If the Sun has published a story that is untrue then it is right that it should be held to account for it, but the PM should not make the mistake in thinking that a questionable article in one publication gives him the right to besmirch or interfere with the broader freedom of the press. It is not the responsibility of the press to preserve or paint a false image of the country. It is their responsibility to publish the truth.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      Who makes the Laws of the land?
      There is a saying: “As many heads there are, it is as many opinions we will get.”
      People see things differently and they comment differently. However, there are some Media which do not relay the news as it should be. Some of them have been sued. This is why the Media must be careful what is broadcasted and published.
      The same applies about what we state about others. We are liable to be sued if what we state is damaging to the other. Therefore, consider what the PM stated. This should be advice to the Media. It is constructive criticism.

  50. Hendricks ismael
    June 9, 2017

    I want the media to put out the good news $40. 000.000. Sports complex to be built in stock farm. I want all local contractors to get there house in other to build the complex. I want all the money to stay in dominica . That’s all I am interested in , that’s good news to me . Thank you Dr Roosevelt skerritt for keeping most of the money home . Give contracts to every one , as long as they are Dominicans . And boys make us proud we want you to give us the best job you ever did . Please don’t say is so it is , stop that negative thought in your mind .

    • JESUS CHILD
      June 9, 2017

      you like checking your chickens

    • Me
      June 9, 2017

      Sycophantic arselickers, have never been respected by either side.

  51. name
    June 9, 2017

    What exactly will the Sun be apologising for again? I think the media needs to do more reports which hold the government’s feet to the fire and forces them to pay what they owe to important regional organisations.

    Mr. Skerrit you control The Chronicle, DBS, Kairi, Marpin, Vibes FM and GIS what more do you want?

  52. johnjay
    June 9, 2017

    show us a receipt where you paid the supreme court part of the mones. Sun is right 7 plus is almost close to
    8 million.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      What business is it of yours? How much tax do you pay? This is the problem with some of you. You lack respect. The government does not have to tell you about that and everything. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • Me
        June 12, 2017

        And how much do you pay Madam Truth? Quick to knock down any critic of your beloved P.M. but not contributing a red cent. The word for that in the Oxford dictionary is “Hypocrite”.

  53. Anthony Ismael
    June 9, 2017

    The garbage trucks have been broken causing a backlog in garbage collection. Unsolved murders continue on the island. The hospital is a mess. The bridges are a mess. Unemployment is high.

    • %
      June 9, 2017

      In the meantime Skerrit is village hopping buying votes with our money. The media is now under attack by the Punjab doctor, just a few hours after leaving Russia..
      SKERRIT MUST GO!
      SKERRIT MUST GO!!
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      I read through the Toronto Media that in May unemployment increased. This is also the time many students will graduate. I expect it will escalate as the years progress. I know one of the reasons that many jobs were lost, through technology. This is a problem all countries face.
      Every year thousands of students graduate. There are more students graduating than there are jobs. These days a high school certificate is insufficient. Some will go to college and university.
      Every country has its unemployment problems. Dominica is no exception. What people as you must do is to cease blaming the government for everything.
      There are people who are considering what could they do to be employed. Some open their own business.
      God gave each one of us a talent (some, more than one) and we must utilize this gift. We can do much to help ourselves and our country. If some do not know what their talent is, they should pray to God to reveal it to them.

    • June 10, 2017

      True. don’t forget about the “Airport,” yet when people comment they say they’re negative. Sheep

  54. Venezuela Sorry
    June 9, 2017

    That PM is something else, he does not know the difference between the truth and a lie. He must have convenienced himself that we are a colony of fools.

  55. Roosevelt Skerrit, once again I must kick you in your face for spewing such nonsense!

    In the first place the kid form Wesley would like you in English terms: not Dominica English to define what you term “national sprit.” Roosevelt there is no such thing or word as “national sprit.” I defy you to find such word, or definition in the English language! If I were to educate you; you that Mountain Chicken Carpaud (crapo Mentality Mr. Dr. Punjab:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah!

    Here is what I would suggest you say. Perhaps you should have simply said; there should be a sense of stronger nationalism in the country. By insinuating that you would be suggesting greater loyalty, and devotion to the nation, especially in a sense of national consciousness, exalting our nation above all others, and placing primary emphasis on promotion of our culture, and interest as opposed to those of other nations, or supranational groups.

    “sprit” is defined as ” a spar that…

    • Continue:

      “sprit” is defined as ” a spar that crosses a force-and-aft sail diagonally.” Then “sprite” is defined as a disembodied sprit, or ghost; so you see the problem with your linguist? There is nothing wrong with what the media are doing; what you are seeking is everybody drop on their knees and follow you into hell upholding corruption, and singing pareses to you, a damn dictator. Get lost Roosevelt you are a nobody; you little rat go and hide!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      You notice in Russia, they only tagged your seat ” Roosevelt Skerrit?” Notice the sign did not read Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit Prime Minister of the nature Island! You dumb crapo you: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahh!

      I destroy you today eh!

  56. June 9, 2017

    That is why their newspaper getting thin thin so! People don’t like buying shyte! Money is owed but purposely propagandizing is wrong. Please get your facts straight.

    • Ibo France
      June 9, 2017

      Dominica owed 7.- – million dollars to the OECS Supreme Court. The newspaper rounded it off to 8 million, what so wrong with that? I can say with mathematical certainty that monies are owed to other regional and international institutions by the Skerrit’s regime. Opaqueness in government naturally leads to wild speculations. There is a dire need for transparency in government. How much is owed to UWI, CDU, etcetera. You, Mr. Sherrie, are the one who’s bringing shame and embarrassment to Dominica with your mendicant mentality

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      You will note that those who spew propaganda will eventually get nowhere. They should go to the byways and highways to get good, constructive news. I am certain Dominica has much of that, if only they will get off their high horse and cease their negativity and lambasting the government and take an interest in what is occurring in Dominica and with nationals. They could also offer advice to those who are laissez faire.
      What they sow they will reap in time and two-fold.

  57. Hendricks ismael
    June 9, 2017

    Dr Roosevelt skerritt loves his people and country, but there are several problems and he is trying his best to help his people get out of poverty . It is very difficult to do that , when you have a people with very little disipline and bad hobbits , to make changes the people have to be ready to work hard and think. Dr Roosevelt skerritt have to tell people what is the role of government . People must be trained to think and create the jobs and wealth , government alone cannot do it. Most people in dominica including the media does not see the good news , the media blames the government for every I’ll in the society , no one is responsible for their action or their lives . Why do people go to roseau every day to do . Dominica should be an easy country to operate if every body understands what is their role . We are in a war zone in our minds instead of being in a business mind. Population very small , we are all family , why do we fight each other in the media every day .

    • Look It
      June 9, 2017

      Please tell me how he is making a just effort to get his people out of poverty???? Giving money and fixing roads does not equate to creating a sound economy in which the private sector will thrive and in turn create employment.

      SKERRIT IS DOING NOTHING TO TURN AROUND DOMINICA’S ECONOMY INSTEAD HE PROPAGATING A CULTURE OF BEGGING AND FEAR OF VICTIMIZATION!!!!!!!

      When our GDP (after 15 years in power) is no longer the slowest growing and lowest in the region, & when we no longer have the highest unemployment rate in the region THEN WE CAN SAY SKERRIT IS HELPING HIS PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF POVERTY.

      AND COME ON, AFTER 15 YEARS HE IS STILL TRYING TO HELP DOMINICANS OUT OF POVERTY….AFTER 15 YEARS WE SHOULD BE OUT OF POVERTY, NOT STILL THERE TRYING TO GET OUT!!!!

      WE SHOULD BE AT THE NEXT LEVEL, THAT NEXT LEVEL HE HAD PROMISED US 15 YEARS AGO

    • Papa Dom
      June 9, 2017

      Dr. My Rash! Roosevelt skerritt is the one creating dependency in the country so you shouldn’t be talking that crappie. It is time people like you get serious and stop this foolishness. Your leader is incompetent and deceitful and should step aside for capable individuals to run Dominica

    • JESUS CHILD
      June 9, 2017

      u have it the other way wrong….he is getting richer while his people getting poorer

    • Jonathan St jean
      June 9, 2017

      Hendricks,you can continue to sing for your super as much as you want,but after 18 years in government Skerritt is still trying to get the people of Dominica out of poverty whilst the country remains mired in high unemployment,falling exports, crumbling infrastructure,dead agricultural sector, flailing tourism industry and a begging mentality.Hebdricks,tell me how many more years do you need to see that Skerritt can’t get the job done despite having the large majority in parliament.Man wake up from your slumber and see the evidence before your eyes that Dominica is a failing country,the worst in the OECS sub-region.There is a desperate need for new direction and new leadership in Dominica and for you to wake up

    • Hendricks I hope you are referring to Mr. Dr. Punjab: that mountain Chicken Carpaud, (crapo) Mentality he do not even know when he is not speaking the English language!

      There is no Dr. Skerrit, ……………..just a little rodent who want to be called doctor. If that yellow mountain chicken want to be called doctor, he should go to school and major in a doctorial discipline, and earn a degree.

      That worthless, bit of paper he bought does not worth the words written on it!

    • %
      June 9, 2017

      YOUARE OBVIOUSLY ONE OF SKERRITS BLIND ACOLYTES…Well my friend Dominica has seen under this so called DLP 17 years of retrogression, and there isn’t any signs that things will get better. You and Skerrit cannot get Dominicans out of poverty by giving to the POOR people money, toilets, pampers, and other goodies. .The country will only get out of this morass that you and Skerrit have plunged it into, when the economy GROWS, when you all clowns incentivize the private sector, and when we have FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, with no BRIBERY and TREATING (two illegal tricks employed by DLP). I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONFIDENCE THAT YOU SKERRIT AND YOUR OTHER ILKS CAN DO IT!
      SKERRIT MUST GO!
      SKERRIT MUST GO!
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!!

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. When I resided in Dominica and I left school, I did not depend on the government. So did those of that era. We were dependent on our parents until we obtained employment. The government never helped or offered to help. Today, these Dominicans have it better than we did in those days. The government assists them and yet some lack appreciation and are ungrateful.
      It hurts to read some of those comments which debase the government and all sorts of degrading comments are stated against the PM. No matter what he does he is attacked. They get hold of a story, whether true or not and they keep harping on it as if it were factual. I find this unbelievable that those D/cans would resort to such lowly mannerisms.
      Broadminded people should know that a person, the PM cannot be all that bad. Note the good that is occurring in Dominica.
      They should think of themselves and what they state. People judge others by their own standards.

    • done&done
      June 10, 2017

      Hendricks, You left Dominica since naney kanell, what do you know about the people’s suffering? Eh? Remember your humble beginning and shut de crap up. :twisted:

    • viewsexpressed
      June 11, 2017

      Hendricks, go to hell with you rubbish, this is an abuse on intelligent Dominicans. Read your nonsense:
      “Skerrrit trying his best to help his people get out of poverty …” Are yo for real with this BS. Hendricks with your comical nonsense, tell us, show us where it is Skerrit and his corrupt gang is trying ot help. These bunch of political misfits no nothing of development, our people have been abused for years by this inept Pm and corrupt labour government.
      Man Go to hell….go to hell…o to hell,, Go mind you D…business

    • straight shooter
      June 11, 2017

      damn fool

  58. June 9, 2017

    “It appeared Skerrit was not pleased with the article”

    DNO whooooo would be pleased about an untruthful article that puts the country in bad light? Why did the SUN Newspaper not contact the PM or relevant authorities to comment on the matter before publishing such an article!

  59. Prolific
    June 9, 2017

    when some is giving a story you check and double check to ensure the story is true and check the facts before you write the story. so sad

  60. Ibo France
    June 9, 2017

    The news media reflect the character of the country. I would readily agree that stories should be factual before being released. Mr. Skerrit has NO moral authority to scold the Press. He just recently told a very dangerous lie about an attempted coup by the Opposition parties which he well knew to be manifestly false. The security forces dressed in military fatigue and armed to the teeth invaded the homes and privacy of many innocent people at early dawn. This was done because of one man’s lie. His Senior Counsel uses the government and government sympathetic media to berate and eviscerate citizens. Mr. Skerrit , all I’m saying, stop the habit of accusing others for traits that are inhere in yourself.

  61. DomiChina
    June 9, 2017

    This man is so full of himself.

    PM the Only being that wrote a bible to dictate is GOD, he wrote it through men and left it as that.
    And yes, even you, Sir, is not following what is spoken I the Bible.
    So now tell me, who do you think you are to tell journalists what and how to write and where to post what message they want.
    You refer to the citizens of the country as gutters and garbage bins; good for you; but better for us, because the information to be posted on the news all come from your mouth since every turn of the webpages you are saying either this or that.. so you tell me who the garbage bin or the gutter really is.

  62. Hendricks ismael
    June 9, 2017

    The prime minister is correct , after the British gave us independence where is the good news by the private sector in dominica . Have we created any new enterprises . We manage and run a country like we are in a war zone , the media is part of that war going on. Changers starts with good news . How have DrRoosvelt skerritt and his administration done, together let’s give them a score . How did Dr Donald Peters did at the college let’s give him a score . How did the private sector did let’s give them a score . How did the media did let’s give them a score . How did all the lazy beggars did , is so it is. How many water companies did we create .

    • Papa Dom
      June 9, 2017

      Their score is zero

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      Those who wanted independence did not give it a thought, how they would run the country.
      Do you know what I thought to this day? If D/ca obtained independence, when the country seceded, they would get some money from Great Britain; no doubt an exorbitant sum.
      The UWP supporters speak of transparency. Did the government then inform nationals how much money they got from Great Britain when D/ca became independent? It would be interesting to know and what happened to that money.
      I do believe it was foolhardy to gain independence. To this day Dominica is not independent. This is not the PM’s fault. He has the burden of finding funds for operating Dominica.
      Sorry to say, if Dominica was under Great Britain, it would not have been necessary for these other countries to come in and assist Dominica in the manner which is done. The government needed financial assistance. You know what I mean. In view of this, I have my qualms for Dominica’s freedom in the future.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 11, 2017

      Dr….my Assets…please give us a break, stop insulting the PM, by calling him a doctor. You are doctoring a false pretence

  63. Shaka Zulu
    June 9, 2017

    The country is Russia. China, north Korea, are a few others. You don’t dictate how news is presented, leave that up to the population to determine what they want to make of it. An educated and informed population will know crap from facts. How can it be total and complete lie while you admitting that Dominica owed 7 million? A significant amount was paid I guess about 2.6 million which is less than half. Skerrit why do you keep thinking we are stupid. We owe 4.4 million by your admission. The question is why do we owe this money when money flowing all over and which other regional and international obligations we owe? It is a sign of misdirection of priorities. Let me say no leader will silent media on what they say in dominica. If you are concerned with facts let it be available for all. Dude your​ ideology is going lead us down bloody path. Keep it up.

    • Shaka Zulu
      June 9, 2017

      It is like one man acussed another of stealing $500 and he deny an says it’s a total lie. You trying to spoil and dirty my name. I only took $250.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      June 9, 2017

      How much of the population is broadminded? How many think that the news may be incorrect? Note what some of them state on this Website? They consistently repeat what they hear and read about (which they did not experience – see), namely what Rijock stated about the PM and Dominica on his blog. They believe him. These project their narrow-mindedness. In the same manner some of you misinterpret what the PM stated and meant. Need I state more?

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