Wednesday 14th March, 2018 – The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) is calling out the Observer Media Group for censoring its paid advertisements by refusing to carry them without explanation.
Now the party says it wants the public and the groups observing the general elections to know of the media house’s actions.
ABLP in a statement outlined that around 7.36 this morning, Caecilia Derrick of Observer Media informed the party that “Observer will not air the following ads: Gizelle, Ugly little liars. Please be guided accordingly”. Subsequently, Ms Derrick sent another email stating, “I forgot one ad that we will not be aired on Observer Radio which is the Billboard ad”.
The party added that the ABLP advertisements were cleared in advance by Attorneys, so the Party is confident that they contain no defamation of anyone.
The ABLP says it is further alarmed that, on Tuesday, March 6 at 11.20 am, by email the Observer Radio station sent the ABLP advertisements to Damani Tabor, the Public Relations Officer of the United Progressive Party (UPP), in clear violation of every legal responsibility to a client. It also smacks of political bias and partisanship.
The ABLP outlined that it is aware of the transmission of its advertisements to Damani Tabor because the Observer accidentally included the party in the email.
It was noted that the Billboard ad, which Observer radio causally told the ABLP it will not carry, without any explanation, simply objects to the violation of a six-year-old child and calls for respect for the principles of decency and responsibility which are valued principles in our society.
The ABLP statement detailed that note should be taken that all other media, all of which are privately-owned except for ABS, have carried the ABLP paid advertisements without any form of censorship.