By Caribbean News Now contributor
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr DeLisle Worrell, has banned The Nation newspaper, including all its journalists, from attending any of press conferences or other Central Bank media events.
Dr DeLisle Worrell
Worrell notified Nation publisher and chief executive officer Vivian-Anne Gittens and editor-in-chief Roy Morris of the unusual move in a one-paragraph letter sent last Thursday.
“Consequent upon the lack of professional integrity manifest in the Nation’s front page headline of Thursday, May 8, you should be aware that Nation/Sun staff will not be invited to any future press conference or media event hosted by myself as governor of the central bank,” said the letter signed by the central bank head and which was copied to bank employees.
The letter came within hours of a Daily Nation front page story on Thursday headlined “60 To Go” in which it was reported that hard times had hit the central bank and its staff were about to feel the fallout.
The newspaper reported that, after three consecutive years of losses of $8.4 million, the financial institution, and reportedly 60 employees, were about to become a major casualty of the economic recession.
According to the Nation, Worrell confirmed this development, saying that faced with diminished revenues and persistent losses, a decision was taken to “shrink our operation”.
It is not clear at this time exactly what “lack of professional integrity” existed in relation to the newspaper publishing a report that had apparently been confirmed by Worrell.