Fedee denies attempts to muzzle the press

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Dominic Fedee,  declared Tuesday that the government is not here to muzzle the press.

He spoke following Monday’s news conference which turned testy when a reporter raised questions about concessions being granted to Sandals resorts for the importation of 97 vehicles.

“We meet with the press every week. I think that the freedoms that you enjoy come with responsibility,” the minister asserted as he dismissed claims that the government gave concessions to Sandals Resorts for 97 vehicles.

He said the claims represented ‘untruth.’

“The fact of the matter is that the government gave concessions to Sandals for four vehicles,” Fedee told a news conference Tuesday.

According to the minister, who is a former Sandals employee, it is ‘quite normal’.

He told reporters that he could share with them various cabinet conclusions that the previous administration would have given to developers who have never developed a single room here.

“The issue here I thought was very malicious – I didn’t add my voice to it. I dismissed it as pure propaganda and really as pure political mischief and I didn’t want to deal with it,” Fedee explained.

At a pre-cabinet news conference on Monday the minister, a former broadcast journalist, was involved in an exchange of words with a reporter over the issue of concessions to Sandals.

Fedee refused to answer questions on the matter, asserting that he would not respond to ‘rumours’.

He told Tuesday’s news conference that the matter was easily verifiable.

“There are various ways of finding out – Sandals actually denied the story when it was mooted. All of you in the press knew that. The cabinet conclusion would have turned into a statutory instrument and will be going to parliament. There is absolutely nothing to hide,” Fedee declared.

He said he was not there to tell the media practitioners how to do their job and insisted that he would not add his voice to rumours.

“I think we have a responsibility to ensure that fair and balanced and factual information goes out to the people in Saint Lucia. That is not a personal attack on anyone, I think it is a standard that we must uphold for our democracy,” Fedee declared.

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Real vibes
    August 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Why fedee thinks that answering yes or no to a simple question is adding to rumours.if it is rumours then to me the best person to answer the question and bring out the truth is fedee.to me his whole behavior days something fishy.

    1. Anonymous
      August 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

      And is he supposed to every accusation. Journalists have a responsibility to society to let the truth be know. But they should not sensationalise they news.

      1. The Crow
        August 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm

        There was no accusation made. It was just a simple question to which he expressed his true self.

  2. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Oh nor fedeesee it fit to answer… choops tun…these politicians need to be a little more responsible and effective in their assigned duties than their current appalling behavior…they forget they are answerable to saint lucians? Aa

  3. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Richard Frederick will tell us the truth… Ou Cai tun!

    1. Audi Driving Socialist
      August 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply

      About the the buried white BMW?

  4. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

    Then what was it? SLP/UWP – meme bet, meme pwell sańti.

  5. Anonymous
    August 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Fedee is a democracey to this country, both he and Chasnet all they care about is tourism. Like seriously Butch has money what happen he cannot buy his own vehicles. And I working for that company you want to tell me no tips allowed. This government don’t care about the people they looking after the rich. Poor those who voted for this party, what a shameful government , they’re all thinking with their feet.

  6. Anonymous
    August 23, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply

    a simple yes or no question…

  7. Audi Driving Socialist
    August 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    To ask someone whether they allowed 97 vehicles, almost like there was substantial reason to believe this is asinine. Think about it…what other questions could Favrier had asked which were not ridiculous?…are you short? are you going bald? is the labour party deranged? Can I please make my name off you? Seriously! When the person being asked the question just finds the question so ridiculous that it should not be given the time of day….(Words deleted)

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