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Premier slams ‘radio personality’ for reckless dissemination of information

Premier slams ‘radio personality’ for reckless dissemination of information

Virgin Islands Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has slammed sections of the local media for what he termed reckless dissemination of information, which he says comes at a time when calm is needed in the territory.

“It does not help any of us to spew untruths about the Government of National Unity, as we take steps to drive reform forward, for example,” he said during an address today, May 24, 2022.

The Premier added, “Just a few days ago there was a false report by a radio personality that I gave someone an $80,000 contract to advance a GIS public television programme.”

“This is not true, and I call on members of the media and the public to be responsible at this time when we need calm, you have to maintain stability,” he added.

The Premier said that he remains very concerned generally about the reckless dissemination of inaccurate information and violations of journalistic principles well accepted in democracies across the world.

Conversation with media to come - Premier

“Given that this subject falls under the Premier’s portfolio, I will begin a conversation with the media fraternity about how we can ensure the public is given accurate information and how we protect members of the public from slander, defamation, and libel.”

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Premier Wheatley for information on the radio personality and show; however, no information was received up to publication time.


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