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Antigua-Barbuda government objects to 'fictitious' article in local newspaper
Published on June 23, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chief of staff in the Office of the Prime Minister in Antigua and Barbuda, Lionel Hurst, has written to the editor of the Daily Observer newspaper, Byron Derrick, objecting to what he described as a “fictitious” article appearing in Saturday’s edition of the paper.

The article captioned “Notable US magazine critical of ABLP first Investor,” was written by Raisa Charles, with its first paragraph stating that “The Economist, the financial theme magazine is expressing skepticism with the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party government’s first investor.”

Chief of staff in the Office of the Prime Minister in Antigua and Barbuda, Lionel Hurst. OAS photo
Hurst said that the claim is false.

“The reported condemnation of the ABLP’s first investor was undertaken by an anonymous blogger whose only identification is “PW”. No article appeared in the Economist magazine which addressed the issue of Antigua and Barbuda’s eight-day old administration and its first investor,” Hurst’s letter stated.

The chief of staff further pointed out that the Daily Observer’s writer is aware that, in the past, the newspaper has cautioned bloggers about treating readers with respect.

“It is evident that a guideline intended for strangers was not followed by your own writer. The magazine did not report any tale about its judgment of an investor. The blog was surely written by someone intending to embarrass the ABLP, or to inflict political harm; that blogger found an ally in your writer,” Hurst wrote.

Pointing out that the Observer’s writer turned the blogger’s comments into a story that was not fitting, Hurst said that the story is false and the writer ought to be cautioned by the paper’s editor not to engage in that kind of fictitious reporting.

“Your newspaper has done its best to portray itself as non-partisan. Your writer has embarked on another escapade,” Hurst’s letter to Derrick concluded.
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