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BVI News erroneous article left local mother 'distraught'- Kenneth G. Gladstone

- said report should never been published since the media house lacked facts
On the heels of an erroneous and sensational news article published by local tabloid the, one mother was left distraught according to radio host and social commentator, Kenneth G. Gladstone who move to speak out against poor journalism in the territory. Photo: VINO/File/BVI News
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has since debunked the report as false and noted that the two persons have both tested negative for the virus but are still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Photo: GIS/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has since debunked the report as false and noted that the two persons have both tested negative for the virus but are still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Photo: GIS/File
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, BVI News published a breaking news article entitled,
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, BVI News published a breaking news article entitled, "Two locals believed to be carrying COVID-19 land in BVI." Photo: BVI News
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - On the heels of an erroneous and sensational fake news article published by local tabloid BVI News, one mother was left very worried and upset, according to radio host and social commentator, Mr Kenneth G. Gladstone, adding that some media houses will end up in the courthouse for irresponsible journalism.

In a Facebook live video last evening, June 28, 2020, Mr Gladstone, while commending the government for its COVID-19 public relations and communications strategy, lashed out at certain sections of the media over the reckless reporting. 

"I think I need to talk about it because it is not doing good for any of us, and when the day is done some of us are going to put ourselves in very serious trouble," he said. 

Mr Gladstone further lashed out, "I wouldn't normally come on here like this to talk about anything except regular programming, but I had to do this because I am not sure where we are going, if we even understand what we are doing," he said. 

Fake News! 

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, BVI News published a breaking news article entitled, "Two locals believed to be carrying COVID-19 land in BVI."

In the erroneous and sensational news story, the tabloid claimed, “Highly-placed sources told our news centre that the individuals were travelling from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic when they were tested in-transit and found to be carriers of the virus."

A day later, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) debunked the report as false and noted that the two persons have both tested negative for the virus but are still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Now, according to Gladstone, the report should never have existed in the first place, since the media house lacked facts. 

Mother left devastated

"Now if people don't have facts, how can you, big national media house be reporting on a matter; and everybody knows the two people who they kept under the tent outside the airport... this is how irresponsible we have become," he said.

He said the mother of one of the individuals was left devastated after reading the article, "and the mother sent me a copy of it, she was so distraught," he said.

In the over 10 minute commentary, Gladstone continued, "People are going to sue some of you if you don't cut this madness, some of you going to end up in the courthouse," Mr Gladstone said.

'Keep your stupid mouths shut!' - Gladstone 

"This is madness, you can't go on big public nation media with a report saying two people are believed to be carrying... and now [that] the minister has done his test everybody is negative," he said. 

He questioned the reasoning of the local news website to 'grab stupidity' and publish it. "I don't get it... media is supposed to be responsible. If you don't have the facts, keep your stupid mouth shut!"

33 Responses to “BVI News erroneous article left local mother 'distraught'- Kenneth G. Gladstone”

  • Hmm (29/06/2020, 19:18) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    Something ain’t right I don’t know who to trust where did bvi news even got their information from it had to be a inside source that told them, Is the government hiding something??? Who knows
    • To hmm (29/06/2020, 22:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I know what you mean. I remember a few years back a female reporter from Bvinews took a pic of a crime victim and posted it on their website without the person knowledge. Keep in mind the reporter asked the victim if she could take the person pic and the person declined. The foolishness and deception needs to STOP.
  • Unique (29/06/2020, 19:19) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Gladstone trying new relevant
    • @ unique (29/06/2020, 21:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      the man is right we believe in accurate news not fake BVI news
    • Jaigon Jumbie (29/06/2020, 21:51) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ unique. Gladstone is totally correct and I support him 100 plus percent. This is irresponsible reporting to the highest degree and BVI News should apologize publicly to the whole nation. As a matter of fact, the editors should be charged criminally for causing fear and alarm.
    • Really (30/06/2020, 09:25) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why would Gladstone make the comment "Stop your Stupid Mouth"
  • Joucyy (29/06/2020, 19:20) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply

    Once we not letting in them i***** p***** here we will be okay because them does carry that virus

    • Thankful (29/06/2020, 20:05) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      The mistake make by BVI News is has been a nightmare for many News Media internationally and other wise. I am just thankful that the two persons were not infected. It is time to move on. "If you live in a glass house please dont throw stones"
    • ? (30/06/2020, 06:59) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Hello Joucyy your mouth need to be filled with some.
      take your knees off island people neck tks you.
    • @Joucyy (30/06/2020, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You got to be a real sk**t & a half & this is coming from a BVIslander.
  • Honestly (29/06/2020, 19:20) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don’t know if to believe bvi news or the government tbh
  • Citizen (29/06/2020, 19:21) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    So much people had stories about these cases them said we got some days ago that I find it so hard not to believe. Who’s lying ?
  • VINO (29/06/2020, 19:22) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    Bvi news news to be boycott them was happy when everyone was lashing out on vino but we stick with vino
  • plz (29/06/2020, 19:22) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Is not true if them was from down the island I would of think is true
  • facts (29/06/2020, 19:25) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Sad story. I would have felt the same way. Poor mother I'm sure she didn't sleep. However the news sight didn't reveal any names but should be held accountable for its posting. I totally agree they should have gotten the facts first
  • ta ta (29/06/2020, 19:40) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    These fake news it becoming more frequent bvi news must go
  • Big Problem (29/06/2020, 19:45) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    That is one of the main problems on this a Island, people just don’t seem to know how to keep their mouths SHUT. I don’t know if it is a mouth disease they have or what. After the lies that people were telling my husband about me, I started to stay under the radar. The less people see me, the less they have to say.
  • just asking (29/06/2020, 19:47) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    Where is the governor with a statement?
  • TamTam (29/06/2020, 19:50) Like (42) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not understanding the noise.. No names mentioned so why would momma be distraught. They were not the only two who arrived . There is a mandatory quarantine for all arrivals. They were not singled out. So why the drama and the distraught ..All over the world better and best people are identified by name location and position about their Covid status but here it is big secret and hiding which can create unnecessary and unknown exposure .
    • Relax (29/06/2020, 20:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly! They called mo names so i don't see why this mother felt compelled to comment to Gladstone.
    • Tongue Fu (30/06/2020, 07:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply


      How many of those persons arriving on that Seaborne flight originated from Santo Domingo ? How many persons would have traveled Santo to San Juan to Tortola ? The mother could reasonably conclude that from that information. Does she have a case? No ad they did not call any names.

      There is an obvious race to get the news out between these local media houses that can at times lead to irresponsible journalism. This is one of those times. They could have waited to get more facts or even more corroboration but no. 

  • priest (29/06/2020, 19:56) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I totally agree with the Gentleman. Any report of CODVID 19 here in the BVI have left me feeling nervous. I could imagine the fear that persons who are being investigated for any trace of the virus and their loved one will go through. The story was released and if it has not been done an apology (the report did not print names) although not necessary could be nice. I have always felt that some one will be sued by some of these editorials and the blogs I see that are being allowed to be posted on some news sites. Some have openly spewed out hatred and discrimination and have mentioned persons by name without facts to solidify their blogs. Persons should be reminded the Computer Misuse & Cybercrime (Amendment) Act of 2019
  • one eye (29/06/2020, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    I always talking to Julia about bvi news it has reached the bottom fast
  • False News (29/06/2020, 20:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Called no name, bear no blame. case closed
  • My 3cents (29/06/2020, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    this is sad can the cyber law shut BVI News Down?
  • 2020 (29/06/2020, 21:14) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Momma making noise and prancing looking for attention.
    What is the names mentioned. No one singled out. Every one quarantined.
    Reality is the truth we do not know,no matter what the Gov says.
    Previous rumors were true .
    If anything she needs to show her face and be open about her concern. She smart though. Choosing to be ridiculous and silly while anonymous

  • Governor silence (29/06/2020, 21:27) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
    How come silence from fake Governor and his incompetent fake overpaid incompetent office? Oh that’s right.... they only respond if they get bad PR as that’s all they care about..... true colours showing yet again. Sooner he and his sponging colonialist imperial family are gone the better. Tokenistic BLM video and protest walk. We see right thru you you fraudsters. Only care about your own PR... and living rent free in luxury here. We know.
  • nothing (29/06/2020, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    @ TamTam. No one singled out but it could have been obvious that they were the two in question. ACTION speaks louder than words you know that. However it has nothing to do with people all over the world it has to do with us in this little territory. We profile and stigmatize people easily and that needs no debate it's a known fact so dont pretend like it's not so. Those two individuals could be severely hurt by what has taken place. Just put your self in their place although your comments seems to state about people all over the world you don't see the fuss in lay man's term.

    This virus can hit or touch any one regardless of who you are in society but it is how we handle the people and the scenario pertaining to a matter. No love lost here I'm just stating facts.
  • HAHA (29/06/2020, 23:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This aint the first or second time. Fake news about false positive has been going around on WhatsApp since Covid start. They slandered the girl from the law firm just because she came from an affected area and visited the doctor. They had the wrong picture and workplace of the Filipino woman going around. Anybody that get tested is rumored to be positive in their eyes.
  • Rubber Duck (30/06/2020, 05:19) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    All the media in BVI are total junk, with one exception.
    • We in trouble (30/06/2020, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Leaders polititians prominent people are on TV every day saying they have the virus....Whats the big issue here... The Virus is not the Devil. Its not a Gun man coming to kill us.. Why are we so fearful
      ..some of our people are more dangerous and deadly than the Virus
  • Hmm (30/06/2020, 06:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They were not kept under the tent because of the NEWS article were they?? because i read the news after the people were in quarantine. I am not sure if the article was up before the persons arrived in the BVI.
  • Oh Boy.. (30/06/2020, 08:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why of all the people coming in these two were singled out and seperated..? Something happened....Time has the true answer...

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