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‘Beaconite’ tries to bully Premier & pronounces his name wrong

- Hon Fahie forced to reprimand the rookie reporter with her long list of questions
Uninformed that it was the third such update on the territory’s COVID-19 strategy, a BVI Beacon reporter tried to hijack the entire press conference, inquiring whether a long list of unanswered questions submitted by the community, could be given priority. Photo: Facebook/GIS
Government legislators watch on in shock as the Premier Andrew A. Fahie's name is pronounced incorrectly by a BVI Beacon reporter on national radio and television. Photo: Facebook/GIS
Government legislators watch on in shock as the Premier Andrew A. Fahie's name is pronounced incorrectly by a BVI Beacon reporter on national radio and television. Photo: Facebook/GIS
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) ended the bizarre exchange by giving the reporter an opportunity to have her concerns addressed, ‘You can fax your questions in,' he said. Photo: Facebook/GIS
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) ended the bizarre exchange by giving the reporter an opportunity to have her concerns addressed, ‘You can fax your questions in,' he said. Photo: Facebook/GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Armed with a long list of questions and demanding that they be answered, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was forced to reprimand a reporter out of the ‘BVI Beacon’ for not only peddling incorrect information, but for pronouncing his name incorrectly on live radio and television.

‘That’s Fahie, the name is important,’ the Premier said in the presence of shocked legislators and the media, when the Government held its latest press conference for updates on the Territory’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) response last evening, March 17, 2020, in the board room of the Office of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA).

National Embarrassment 

Uninformed that it was the third such update on the Territory’s COVID-19 strategy, the BVI Beacon reporter then tried to hijack the entire press conference, inquiring whether a long list of unanswered questions submitted by the community, could be given priority, even as other media representative were eager to have their questions answered.

“Community members clearly have many questions, and we appreciate that some have been answered already, but several remain outstanding which I have here in hopes of getting those answered tonight,” she said.

The reporter continued, “We realise that these press conferences are somewhat limited by time, but given that this is the first press conference about Coronavirus that we’ve had in several weeks, hence the importance of this issue, our first question is whether you would commit to spending the time this session to ensure that all of these questions are answered tonight.” 

According to the Premier, “well that’s hard to know because I don’t know if you have a hundred, two hundred or three hundred…. We can’t assure you of all because we have different press people here to answer.”

‘Fax your questions in’ – Premier to reporter 

“This is really our third press conference,” the Premier went on to say, noting that previous sessions were held at the Office of the HoA and with ZBVI for updates on the Territory’s strategy and that the government had been on an information drive to inform the community, while encouraging persons to send questions via email and social media. 

“We’ve been answering as many questions as we can, but I must tell you this, we do not have all the answers, this is uncharted waters, we are doing our best with God’s help to ensure that whatever is humanly possible by our government to do… is being done,” Hon Fahie said. 

The Leader of Government ended the bizarre exchange by giving the reporter an opportunity to have her concerns addressed.

‘You can fax your questions in, you could email your questions in, you could write your questions in… and we will try to answer them as factual, as up to date as possible,” Premier Fahie said.

Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to log on to the website: to get up to date information as well as to have their various questions answered on COVID-19 matters.

45 Responses to “‘Beaconite’ tries to bully Premier & pronounces his name wrong”

  • Wow (18/03/2020, 12:41) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yall disgusting for real
  • HAHA (18/03/2020, 12:43) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    LMAOOOO @ Hon. Sowande face!!!!!
    • for real (18/03/2020, 14:37) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sowande look like he is ready to pounce, Kye and Malone look pissed but compose and Flax is throwing some serious side looks.
  • Fox update (18/03/2020, 12:52) Like (15) Dislike (19) Reply
    some of us realise the documented workers @ Beacon have some very serious social issues with the laws of the territory they need to cast aside the 1834 conduct
  • Just saying... (18/03/2020, 13:07) Like (28) Dislike (56) Reply
    these white people need to stop they think this is down south in America
  • i from here (18/03/2020, 13:11) Like (19) Dislike (49) Reply
    Deport her fast
    • lol (18/03/2020, 16:02) Like (16) Dislike (25) Reply
      They need to deport her !!!
      • pete (24/03/2020, 22:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        what? for asking questions as a reporter in a democracy? Is that like "lock her up"? Pull her aside and explain or get her editor to. But it would be a sad day to silence a reporter and freedom of speech.
  • Well Well (18/03/2020, 13:12) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply

    So the Premier did a beautiful response. She may have been nervous. 

    • Blink (18/03/2020, 14:26) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
      It did sound like nerves and she rambled along for ages as such, I don’t think there was anything more to it than that, the Premier corrected her well and she tried to recover but was probably thrown by it.
    • True (18/03/2020, 15:11) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply

      first question after took nearly a minute to ask if they could answer all the questions, she's a little girl full of self importance

    • @well well (18/03/2020, 18:42) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. The Premier's response was very gracious -- he corrected her, but with a light touch.
  • Beecon (18/03/2020, 13:34) Like (28) Dislike (17) Reply
    Beacon alyo need to train your people before you put them on the streets, why this woman thinks she can take over the press conference?
  • Well Done Premier (18/03/2020, 14:19) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos Premier, but the training needs to be done from top down.
    • Local (18/03/2020, 16:20) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Lily Ann (18/03/2020, 14:36) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
    Premier, tell me why You like to whistle blow when other caribbean countries get a case or susoected case, but u keeping stuff from US Hush Hush when suspected ppl in our territory ???
  • kkk (18/03/2020, 14:36) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now please do not say she racist lol
  • Bragadam (18/03/2020, 14:36) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    So did she say Foy or FayHee ??
  • White Boy (18/03/2020, 15:09) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply

    That girl infuriated me during the question time, even had me shouting at the screen, get her out of here!

  • belonger (18/03/2020, 15:23) Like (50) Dislike (18) Reply

     I don’t find that a reporter asking questions and trying to be assertive is bullying. Just another prime example of “she not from here” mentality. I am glad that the press is trying to obtain answers. She pronounced his name wrong? Come on, Fahie is not a common name outside of this territory so give her a break. Yes she’s new to the island, she will learn. How about being supportive in these difficult times

    • question (18/03/2020, 20:24) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      It's her job to know the proper pronunciation of names refers of how common or uncommon they are, especially in her line of work.

      But did she humbly apologize after she was corrected?
      • belonger (21/03/2020, 10:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Like I said, she will learn. I obviously don't find it as offensive as you do. Im sure this wouldn't even be in the news if the reporter had a different skin color.
  • Opinion (18/03/2020, 16:05) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    In my opinion the premier and cabinet they are trying their best.its not easy to lead nor do they have all the answers. I have lots of questions for the press also because there are times when their information is incorrect especially their headings
  • Anonymous (18/03/2020, 16:14) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
    The bigger issue here is she has no respect for the Hon Premier she must be banned from anymore press conferences
    • Blink (18/03/2020, 17:33) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      I don’t think she should be banned but you are right it was disrespectful to mispronounce the premiers name. Made them look amateurish and I have a feeling she won’t be at future press conferences, AF is far too quick witted...
    • @Anonymous (18/03/2020, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      banned from anymore press conferences that will never happen in the territory because she will asked one of her w..... friends to have a serious chat with our premier those w...... folks run things up in here however the non-w..... have to read the rule book......

  • all the same (18/03/2020, 17:11) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    the other dude sitting next to her also work for the BVI Beacon he does be walking up and down town looking strange
  • Girl be like (18/03/2020, 17:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Youth (18/03/2020, 18:46) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply

    they think because they are ........ they should not respect our leaders. There also need to be a dress code for reporters, going to a press conference. She like she came from a hike through the bush

  • legal team (18/03/2020, 18:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    In every profession,there must be some level of ethics ["code of ethics"].
    Reporters must have some level of ethics and respect for authority.
    Not because you have the "PRIVILEGE" to ask questions as a reporter,you should bombad an Hon.Premier of a territory with questions-questions-questions?
    We as belongers to the virgin islands also have the privilege to ask questions of our elected representatives,but we cannont enter the premier's office and just bombad him with questions.
    The premier is right to stop her with this nonsense!!
  • shantel (18/03/2020, 20:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing for sure, she she won't pronounce his name wrong ever again
  • :) (18/03/2020, 21:34) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you come to someone’s country at least learn the name of their Premier. The owner of the Beacon knows how to pronounce it well.
  • The Beacon on VIP again (18/03/2020, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Russ boss you can never get back there again call off the dogs or get in the room and do the dirty work yourself.
  • Fa-hee ot Faie (19/03/2020, 01:34) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply

    The name has multiple pronunciations.
  • Online Now (19/03/2020, 10:20) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    I think you should reconsider who the bullies are in this case! Look at all the bullies above - "deport her", "disgusting", "white people this ..".

    I don't know the lady but this mob culture in the comments is distasteful.
  • Glen (19/03/2020, 10:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    She's new to the group and trying to act like she knew it all, when in reality, she knew nothing. Be quiet, listen to your more experienced co workers and learn the names of the people you will be addressing and the already given information, so this disrespect does not happen again. She is overzealous and trying to act as though she knows more than she does...which was proven.
  • Really... (19/03/2020, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ok she pronounced his name wrong... tell me you never done that... but seriously... you don't want answers... gov always hiding everything from us, why we hating on someone trying to get some answers...sometimes it takes an outsider to ask the right things, cos we all got to used to gov tight lipped... Remember that 7Mil they spend of our money on planes that never flew..... u don't want answers... foolishness
  • Really! (19/03/2020, 22:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you’re going to be indignant, sarcastic, and snide make sure you got your phonics in check Becky!! Mind your manners and tread softly... and show some respect!

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