SLP Chairman upholds media rights

Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Chairman, Claudius Francis, has defended media rights, asserting that no one ought to interfere with the right of the media to do their job.

Francis told a ruling party news conference yesterday morning that the media have a job to do.

But he indicated that with the respect for the work of the media there must be responsibility on the part of the media as well.

The SLP Chairman, who is also a Talk Show Host, said in response to a question from a media worker that he did not know that there is any “war” with the media.

“I think we have an excellent relationship,” Francis disclosed.

He explained that he has a “great” relationship with quite a few individuals, including one whom he said he understood was vying for the Presidency of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL).

The comments by the SLP Chairman came in the face of reports that members of the local media are becoming the target of political parties and their members.

Francis himself is pursuing a legal case against the President of MASL, Clinton Reynolds and others, over statements made about an alleged case of sexual assault.

The Chairman of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Guy Mayers, has for his part, demanded an apology from Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony over statements relating to alleged extra-judicial police killings.