Saturday 11 July, 2020

Fedee reacts to murder of Bajan journalist

Broadcast Minister, Hon Dominic Fedee

Broadcast Minister, Hon Dominic Fedee

Saint Lucia’s Broadcast Minister, Hon Dominic Fedee has cautioned local journalists against the dangers they face in the execution of the daily duties.

Fedee’s statement follows the recent killing of photojournalist Christoff Griffith.

Griffith was attached to the Nation Newspaper in Barbados at the time of his death.

Griffith, 25, was killed by an assailant while reporting on the death of 51-year-old Glenroy James on the grounds of the heavily wooded Bishop’s Court.

James was cleaning up the derelict property when he was attacked by a vagrant who reportedly slept in the abandoned building.

Griffith responded to the report of a body at the abandoned building unaware that the suspect was still at that location.  

When he arrived at the scene he was confronted by the alleged suspect who reportedly chopped him about his body.

According to Minister Fedee, a former journalist turned politician, journalists must practice caution at all times.

“I think it is just an indication of how journalists are on the frontline all the time,” Fedee said.

Fedee continued: “We see journalists going across the world in different territories, war zones, covering natural disasters endangering their lives to bring us stories all the time.”

He recalled an incident during the Banana Strike of 1996 when banana farmers and the government were at loggerheads, resulting in the deaths of two farmers.

“There was crossfire of guns, the banana farmers at the time were burning tires and the reporters who were covering that story were in tremendous danger of their lives because it was a very dangerous situation.”

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