By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate managing editor
GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands — Newly elected leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP) and leader of the opposition in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Washington Misick, was informed by senior management at government-owned Radio Turks and Caicos (RTC) that his scheduled March 15 interview on a popular talk show ‘Expressions’ had been cancelled because of “orders from above”, just days after Misick had revealed that Sandals Resorts International owed $164 million in unpaid taxes and penalties, not the $26 million widely believed.
The snub comes as the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) government of Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson is currently in the midst of a political firestorm over the tax dispute with Sandals.
Caribbean News Now has been unable to reach RTC’s director Christopher Jarrett for an explanation as to who exactly made the call to block Misick from appearing on RTC.
Misick declined to comment on the matter until he had spoken with his attorney. It is not known at this time if he plans to take legal action against the government.
According to the TCI Broadcasting Ordinance, RTC is legally required to give equal time to different political perspectives.
A confidential source within the ministry of communications expressed grave concern that the PDM government was blocking opposition politicians from interviews on RTC.
Another insider also lamented, “There appears to be a deliberate intention on the part of the PDM to block the opposition from being interviewed on RTC at present for fear of Misick speaking on the tax dispute with Sandals.”
Caribbean News Now has reached out to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London for comment but not response had been received by press time.