Police investigate threats against Rick Wayne

Police investigate threats against Rick Wayne

Saint Lucia Police are investigating reports of threats made against veteran Saint Lucian Journalist, Rick Wayne, it has been reported.

The threats are reported to have been made on Thursday by a caller to Wayne’s television show – Talk, aired on DBS Television.

DBS Television, during its evening news last night, said that the police had become involved.

The caller is reported to have said,among other things, that he was a “bad boy” and if the opposition wins the elections, British warships would have to come to the Castries Harbor.

The caller went on to warn that there would be civil unrest.

He added in kweyol that he had guns, and said Wayne should never speak in the way that he does.

The Talk Show Host, who disclosed that he has been threatened before,  told the Times that his reaction is less important than how he feels about the threat to anyone who exercises his constitutional right to speak freely.

“A lot of people see it in a narrow context and they don’t realize that the threat is as much to the journalist as to the fishermen who wants to speak his mind on something that somebody has a different view on,” Wayne told the Times.

He continued:

“So these are threats to free speech as opposed to threats against particular journalists, even when the person making the threat imagines that he is making a threat to kill a journalist.”

Wayne explained that he has been in the business for a long time.

He asserted that as a result, he can deal with people losing their heads, talking “foolishness” and saying things they do not realize are threats.

But he explained that for him, the bigger picture has always been that free speech is an important constitutional right.

Rick Wayne observed that to threaten any single person’s right to free speech, whether that person is a journalist or a fisherman, is to threaten the entire country.

“That’s how we should look at it,” he declared.


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  1. Rebel
    May 1, 2016 at 10:10 am Reply

    Note very well the first thing the caller said, and I quote “if the opposition wins the next general election, British warships would have to come to Castries harbor”. Now why is it a threat about politics? I believe the real threat here is against the opposition UWP to scare them going into the elections. The other thing he said was just a smoke screen to disguise what is really going on. This is all a political tactic. This is getting so sad and so lame for our country.

  2. Ok
    May 1, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply

    I feel NO way for Rick Wayne. He has been abusive and insulting to the Prime Minister of St. Lucia with his one sided crap.

    It is even alleged that he insulted members of the very same RSLPF (who is now investigating his case) about having two aspiring ISIS/terrorists individuals on his show.

    I could care-less what happens to him.

    1. Enchanter
      May 2, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply

      You must be joking. Forget Rick Wayne and look at the bigger picture. This is the sad state of affairs in our once beautiful country

  3. Alvin George
    May 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Rick Wayne had people on his show that relayed threats against the Prime Minister. He jad guys that said they want to join ISIS. It was all okay because the people are just frustrated with Kenny. Now they threating him he crying like a baby???? I say no Rick, it’s not a threat against feee speech and journalists. The people are just frustrated with your bullshit pissing in our eyes and calling it rain.

  4. Bebe
    May 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply

    What is happening to our country? Is politics more important than the red and yellow party? Is the devil loose in St. Lucia? Dear Lord, I pray that you will come back to our nation. Get rid of all evil. Get rid of all evil leaders. Guide us oh Lord during the next election to elect politicians who are christains who will lead our country back to you. Open the minds of the evil ones so that they will turn to you. I rebuke satsn and all his angels in our land.

  5. Anonymous
    May 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Do you know that with Rick’s statement here. Even if the caller is identified, this will go nowhere because he has shown that he wasn’t and still is not scared for his life at the time the threat was made. LET’S SEE IF YOU STAND YOUR OWN ISIS MEN

  6. Lucian
    May 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Find the caller and arrest his a**. People need to learn that there are laws in the country. it is high time St.Lucians learn that there are behaviors that are unlawful. Where would that ever happen and the caller would be home making calls… nonsense alone in ST.Lucia. i donot care what Rick has ever said on his show ; but now a** should be calling the man show and making serious bodily harm threats to him. We allow too much nonsense in our country and then want people to not called us THird world. The guys on Rick show never NEVER threaten kenny. They only said that things are so hard they feel like killing the PM. Thats a cal of frustration not a threat you idiot foolish illiterate people. There is a big difference- no wonder illiteracy is so high in St.Lucia. toof!!!

  7. Just me
    May 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Not a word not a word not a word. Rick did you set that up yourself ? Just asking. ,,,

  8. True
    May 2, 2016 at 8:56 am Reply

    Can’t see how such a MORON like HIM had two aspiring terrorist on his TV show on DBS, talking about joining ISIS. Total Madness!

    Only in St. Lucia would he ever do this FOOLISHNESS AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

    And his is a very Ill-mannered individual.
    His Blatant disrespect of the PM of this country every Thursday on his show.
    Disrespects all manner of authourity, including the RSLPF.

    Let him deal with it.

  9. fue
    May 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Tht guy was paid/sent by the SLP to return the favour to Rick Wayne….and to the wider St Lucian country…. This has to b a wake up call tht we ELECTORATE need to all go out and vote for a change, a big and permanent change in Government and send Kenny and his goons packing…. It’s time we put a stop to this foolishness happening in our country…. Too long has the small island of st lucia bled all sorts of deaths under tht EVILOUS SLP voodoo Regime…. God has seen and continue to see everything…. we need to leave those obeah men and women alone and return to God…return to filling up the churches…. Take St Lucia back under Kenny-Gwen-tony and his vampire goons

    1. 758
      May 3, 2016 at 4:42 am Reply

      He may have been paid by the UWP posing as an SLP supporter.

      My theory is, he is a UWP operative. Clearly, the UWP would say and do anything to win this Election.

      They tried “Jufalli”. It didn’t work.
      Rochemel…It didn’t work.
      CIP. It didn’t work.
      Rate of Crime. It didn’t work.
      Economy. It didn’t work.
      And the list goes on and on.

      Clearly, he is a UWP operative.

      1. Anonymous
        May 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm Reply

        guess you dont see how silly you can be by writing such crap country comes before party

  10. Anonymous
    May 3, 2016 at 7:28 am Reply

    Ok so…does our country hv measures on place in the event of civil unrest?

    The question here is not “What is St Lucia coming to?” And not “Was this staged?”. We need to realise that obviously not everyone is in their right state of mind and that whether it was staged or not, these thoughts would be considered in the minds of the miserable.

    Our homeland security should be looking at this as a means of educating themselves in taking a proactive appraoch to combat such crimes.

    Saying that it is being investigated is pure bs that will almost go nowhere as much as we hope it would. It will eventually be over looked and then forgotten by the general public.

    In st lucia we hv an overall society of basic journalists who see themselves as investigative journalists. There are strict guidelined which are put into place to regulate such. Yes there is free speech, however if a journalist is aware that we are breeding aspiring terrorists on our soils, he needs to be arrested for allowing the platform without first notifying the relevant authorities.

  11. Boujon Guiyave
    May 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I offer no apology for the hooligans who go about threatening people’s lives whether they maybe sitting PMs, journalists, opposition leaders or ordinary civilians. There is no room for these fools in civil society. And I condemn all those who encourages or seek to find excuses for these irresponsible actions. People should be able to go about expressing their politics (once they remain within our legal limits) without the threat of violence. After all that would be in the true spirit of democracy.

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