I read with disappointment – but not surprise really – of the treatment meted out to your journalist at the St George’s port by the Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele.
The signs have been there for the longest time of this gentleman’s propensity for authoritarian behaviour, made worse during the COVID crisis, when we saw how he tried to cover up his inept handling of the situation just before Christmas by casting the blame on everyone but himself.
As one of your readers noted quite appropriately, by allowing only the state-run media access to the cruise ship terminal shows that the gentleman is trying to control the narrative and avoid hard questions, a behaviour common to countries under communist rule. What makes it worse is that the gentleman sought to deny that such instructions were given, once more refusing to take responsibility. Again, it’s a trend we have seen before when he was dealing with the alleged rise in COVID cases.
Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat their mistakes – that’s why we must not forget how this gentleman seeks to manipulate people and circumstances around him – especially when he is wrong – and tries to cast blame on others. Minister Steele has shown his true colours in the past, and as they say, a zebra can’t change its stripes.
I urge you to keep strong and keep up your fearless reporting. This attack on freedom of the press is just a first attempt to erode the rights of the media and people’s right to information. You cannot allow this gentleman to push such an agenda.
Keep up your good work.