Since I cannot express my views on the state-owned entity without being penalised, please permit me a small space in your privately-owned entity to bring a matter to light.
Two weeks ago, I joined the broadcast of ABS’ coverage of the post-cabinet briefing. During the course of the broadcast, I made two comments in the chat section that I wanted the Minister of Information to respond to.
Here are the questions: 1) On the cusp of 70-years-old, will Erna-Mae Braithwaite be replaced as General Manager of ABS?
2) Mr. Minister why are you never “Privy” to information coming out of Cabinet?
I found the comments/questions to be respectful and relevant and did not violate any of ABS’ Community Guidelines.
Strangely, but not surprisingly, after the live broadcast, I went back to see if anyone had responded, it was then that I noticed that I was blocked from commenting on ABS.
I know some of your readers may find this trivial, but this is scary for several reasons and should not be taken lightly.
Is ABS immune to criticism by the tax payers who fund it? No they are not because ABS does not belong to Erna-Mae or Melford Nicholas.
ABS’ decision to block me from airing my views in the form of a question is a blow to democracy in Antigua & Barbuda and a breach of my constitutional rights.
Again, I am not surprised because I am told that is how ABS is managed, to shutdown all dissenting views within the organisation.
I am told management personally goes through every comment on every post and blocks individuals that they don’t agree with. The blocking as in my case, was not based on any breach but rather on pure malice.
Private entities here in Antigua who are not funded by the government allow readers to criticise them so why must our own ABS muzzle us?
Every Rope Has An End
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