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  1. February 09, 2012

    National footballers levy on TTFF for millions owed

    TTFF employees face breadline

    February 10, 2012

    Newsday yesterday strongly condemned a raid by nine police officers on its newsroom in Port-of-Spain in a bid to force senior investigative, political and parliamentary reporter Andre Bagoo to reveal the source of information about his exclusive story on a row between Integrity Commission chairman Ken Gordon and deputy chairman Gladys Gafoor over a(…)

    Police storm ‘Newsday’ offices in PoS
    At approximately 10 a.m. yesterday, nine policemen attached to the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACIB), led by Senior Supt Solomon Koon Koon, executed a warrant and searched the desk and computer of journalist Andre Bagoo, allegedly with respect to an article he wrote on December 20, 2011 about a row between Integrity chairman Ken Gordon and deputy chairman Gladys Gafoor.

    …Newspaper stands by journalist not to reveal sources
    Newsday is standing by the right of its journalist Andre Bagoo to refuse revealing his sources.

    Newsday raid shocks AG

    Gibbs must explain officers’ action—AG
    Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said he was shocked by yesterday’s police raid at the Newsday’s offices in Port-of-Spain.

    Deputy chairman of the Integrity Commission, Gladys Gafoor, has been suspended from duty by President George Maxwell Richards.

    Max suspends Gafoor from Integrity Commission

    …Tribunal to probe Gafoor

    Dumas to Max: Clarify Gafoor suspension
    FORMER Public Service head, Reginald Dumas, yesterday called on President George Maxwell Richards to clarify the grounds on which Gladys Gafoor has been suspended as deputy chairman of the Integrity Commission.

    Cops want interviews with CCN directors
    Seven directors of the board of Caribbean Communications Network Ltd (CCN) have received letters from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) requesting interviews on the issue of the airing of certain tapes on the Crime Watch programme on TV6.

    February 11, 2012

    PM calls on Gibbs to explain raid on newspaper
    Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs must give an “immediate explanation” as to why the offices of Newsday and the home of its political reporter Andre Bagoo were raided, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

    ‘Police were just doing their job’
    SENIOR Superintendent Solomon Koon Koon, who led the team of officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACIB) during Thursday’s execution of a search warrant at Newsday’s offices on Chacon Street in Port of Spain, says the police were just doing their job.

    Mystar: Not an attack on press freedom
    THE actions of the police officers who raided the offices of the Newsday newspaper on Thursday were in keeping with proper procedure and protocol, according to public information officer of the Police Service Sgt Wayne Mystar.

    Rowley to Gibbs: ‘Who authorised Newsday raid?’
    Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley says Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs must explain to the nation within 24 hours the reason or reasons for Thursday’s police raids on the offices of Newsday and the home of its reporter Andre Bagoo.

    …Rowley: Gibbs must account in 24 hours

    COP leader: Atrocious attack on press freedom

    …Prakash sees breakdown of democracy in T&T
    Congress of the People leader, Prakash Ramadhar, yesterday gave Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs 24 hours to launch an investigation into the most recent police raid on a media house.

    Bas: Govt has no right to attack journalists
    Former prime minister Basdeo Panday yesterday blamed the People’s Partnership Government for the recent attacks on the media, saying it intends to rule by force and fear.

    MATT condemns ‘outrageous tactics’ by police
    The Media Association of T&T (MATT) condemns in the strongest possible terms Thursday’s police raid on the offices of Newsday and the treatment of reporter Andre Bagoo and the search carried out at his home.

    Dhanayshar Mahabir: Newsday raid based on ‘gross ill-advice’

    Media owners call for investigation
    The T&T Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) has written to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) director Gillian Lucky and Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs asking for an investigation and explanation of Thursday’s raid at Newsday’s offices.

    ACM condemns threat to press freedom
    The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) has joined in the condemnation of the police raid of a newspaper saying the action reeks “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”.

    An abuse of press freedom
    The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian condemns Thursday’s unprecedented, undemocratic and over-zealous raids by officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau at the offices of Newsday and at the home of one of that newspaper’s journalists.

    1. The police should not be getting such a pounding. Nothing in their training or remit can prevent the search of any newspaper. Get real, Newsday. What is needed is tighter control by having all requests for search warrants heard by a judge or magistrate. The Press should be actively pursuing the necessary amendments to existing legislation to do two things. One: Search warrants should only be granted by a judge or magistrate. Two: Laws relating to slander, etc. should be amended so that the truth of the disputed statement is a defense; that is, the press would be enabled to tell the truth, however calamitous it may be for somebody.

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