Nassau, The Bahamas -Executives of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 are disturbed by the treatment
of the local media in exercising their rights – Freedom of the Press -
particularly in light of recent events surrounding the COVID-19 Curfew.
“This is not right and infringes on Democracy which our country – at large has enjoyed for many years,” says Press Club President Anthony Capron.
“We understand that on Saturday, March 21, some members of the mediawere prevented from carrying out their jobs, in keeping with the newly
implemented protocols by Prime Minister the Most Hon Dr Hubert A Minnis,”
According to the Emergency Powers (Covid-19) Order with regards to theMarch 20 – 31 Curfew, the Media (print and electronic) are not affected by the
order. Just as the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, and other essential services.
“And so we ask, when is the media, throughout The Commonwealth of TheBahamas, free to do its job and who determines that freedom?”
Adds Capron; “We thank the Prime Minister for his statement issued Sunday,
reaffirming that the Covid-19 Emergency Order allows for the media to carry
out their work.
“Meanwhile, we also urged members of the media to exercise caution as they
continue their job as the Fourth Estate.”
President, Bahamas Press Club 2014
March 22, 2020