Prime Minister Gaston Browne has told the opposition-friendly media house, the Observer Media Group, that he will stand up against their “fake news” and efforts to defame him.
Writing on his official Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) Facebook page, Browne made it clear that he doesn’t intend to stand idly by and allow the privately-owned media house to attack him.
“There will be a sure push back,” Browne warned.
The Prime Minister who is in Grenada for a meeting of regional leaders said: “If they operate professionally and responsibly, by reporting accurate information, we will extend full respect, cooperation and support for their organization.”
But he vowed to “stand against irresponsible fake news and those with malicious intent.”
“At this stage, I have everything to gain firing back at OMG and everything to lose, acting like a sitting duck, and allow their fake news to go uncontroverted,” Browne said.
“If they want peace and decency, then there will be peace and decency. If they continue to pursue ignoble motives, then they will be challenged and fought relentlessly,” he added.
The Prime Minister told readers that he doesn’t want to discredit the company but to hold them responsible for “undermining and defaming with impunity.”
“Then again, Irresponsible, fake news reporting and defamation are self-discrediting,” he noted.
The Prime Minister plans to add the media house to a lawsuit against Senator Damani Tabor for statements made about his wife’s charity that the company allegedly published.