ACM Condems Raid on TT Newspaper

ACM Condems Raid on TT Newspaper

February 11, 2012 – The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) joins with its affiliate, the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago in strongly condemning the police raid on the offices of “Newsday” newspaper and the home of journalist Andre Bagoo.

According to ACM’s information, on February 9, 2012, a team of police officers raided the offices of the newspaper and Bagoo’s home in search of what they described as unlawfully-acquired information which led to a December 20, 2011 newspaper report on high-level conflict within the country’s Integrity Commission.

The police had in December sought disclosure of the source of the information reported in the newspaper following a complaint from Integrity Commission Chairman Ken Gordon. The newspaper refused to cooperate.

The actions of the police reek of intimidation and can be interpreted as an attempt to put a damper on media efforts to get to the bottom of a matter of great public interest and concern.

We are not comforted by government claims of ignorance in the face of this threat to press freedom in Trinidad and Tobago and call on the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration to clearly state its specific position on the actions of this arm of the national security infrastructure.

Read full official press release (pdf): ACM Condems Raid on TT Newspaper

Feb, 11, 2012