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The publisher and two top
journalists of the Nation news-
paper in Barbados appeared in
court yesterday on a criminal
charge of publishing an indecent
photograph of two minors
engaged in a sexual act.
The Nation Publishing Company
Ltd s publisher Vivian-Anne Git-
tens, editor-in-chief Roy Morris
and news editor Sanka Price have
been released on $5,000 bail and
ordered to hand over their travel
documents after appearing before
magistrate Wayne Clarke, District
A Criminal Court No 1, in
Bridgetown, hours after they sur-
rendered to police.
The charges stemmed from the
October 26 publication of an article
and accompanying photograph
based on the Facebook posting of
a cellphone video of two students
having sex in a classroom.
According to a report in the
Nation yesterday, there was public
outcry from some members of the
public questioning the failure to
monitor students and the breach
of the no-cellphone rule at school.
Others criticised posting of the
video and those who continued to
circulate it on the Internet. The
newspaper was also lambasted for
All three were charged under
the Protection of Children Act and
were not required to plead to the
indictable matter. They faced the
possibility of five years in prison
if convicted of the offence. Attor-
neys Alair Shepherd, QC, and Ezra
Alleyne are representing the Nation
Yesterday, two boys, one 15, the
other 16, went to court on charges
of taking indecent photographs of
children in relation to the same
article. They were released on
$10,000 bail to return to court on
Price was the author of the arti-
cle which was accompanied by the
The matter has been adjourned
to March 11, 2014.
The Nation News is a subsidiary
of One Caribbean Media, the par-
ent company of the Trinidad
Express and CCN TV6.
Aftermath of lewd publication
Bail for editors
Vivian-Anne Gittens, 62, is
accused of, being an employee
of the Nation Publishing
Company on October 26 with
responsibility as publisher, "did
show" an indecent photograph
of two 14-year-old minors.
Roy Morris, 52, was charged
with, being an employee of the
Nation Publishing Company with
responsibility as editor-in-chief
on October 26 "did show" an
indecent photograph of two
children under the age of 18
years, to wit 14 years.
Sanka Price, 53, the author of
the story, was charged with,
being a journalist employed by
the Nation on October 26, he
"did show" an indecent
photograph of the two minors.
There is no investigation into the
conduct of any reporter at the
Express newspaper, according to the
paper s editor-in-chief Omatie Lyder.
She was responding to a statement
attributed to the president of the Media
Association of T&T (Matt) Curtis
Williams, who on Wednesday said the
newspaper had launched an investi-
gation into allegations surrounding
one of its investigative reporters.
A statement issued by the associ-
ation on Wednesday condemned an
Internet smear campaign against a
reporter, but noted "Matt was also
aware of other matters relating to the
issue which is being looked into."
However, in a phone interview yes-
terday, when asked if an investigation
(as to who placed the video, and alle-
gations made in the video) had been
launched into the YouTube video,
Lyder said the company s lawyers were
addressing the matter.
Contacted yesterday via phone,
Williams said he had nothing further
to say on the matter. Asked specifically
what the other issues were that were
being looked at in relation to the mat-
ter, Williams said he was not at liberty
to speak on those matters and he was
not in a position to discuss it further.
On Sunday, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan said four female Express
journalists were "a team of undercover
PNM media agents."
His cabinet colleague, Leader of
Government Business Dr Roodal
Moonilal, according to an Express
report, was quoted as saying journalists
should toughen up.
He was quoted as saying, "Yes, the
media has a role, a very critical role,
and the media would present exposes,
and so on, on persons in public like
myself and others who have allowed
themselves to be investigated and scru-
tinised in public life.
"But it is a tough job and there are
times when reporters themselves find
themselves under the microscope, and
there also needs to be a toughness not
only by the public figures, but by all
those who participate in public life,"
Ramlogan when contacted via
phone on the matter yesterday said
he had no comment.
Editor-in-chief: No probe
into Express reporter
Publisher of the Nation newspaper, Vivian-Anne Gittens, right, news
editor Sanka Price (behind Gittens) and editor-in-chief Roy Morris (in
back, wearing black) being led to court yesterday to answer the
charges. At left is Queen's Counsel Alair Shepherd who is leading the
Nation's defence team. PHOTO COURTESY BARBADOS TODAY
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