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Media denied chance to ask pressing questions @ drug bust press conference

- JTV reporter Cathy O. Richards said a press statement should have been issued if intention was to limited the media
At least one local journalist has spoken out about the November 10, 2020, hasty joint press conference hosted by the Governor Augustus J.U Jaspert and Police Commissioner, Michael B. Matthews on VI’s historic $250M drug bust. Photo: Facebook/Governor's Office
JTV television reporter, Cathy O. Richards speaking on a November 11, 2020, episode of The Big Story with guest Claude O. Skelton-Cline said at the press conference, journalist were not allowed to dig deep and ask many questions. Photo: JTV/Facebook
JTV television reporter, Cathy O. Richards speaking on a November 11, 2020, episode of The Big Story with guest Claude O. Skelton-Cline said at the press conference, journalist were not allowed to dig deep and ask many questions. Photo: JTV/Facebook
Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline believes the plan by the outgoing Governor is to make a case for the United Kingdom to assume full control of the Territory's borders. Photo: Internet Source
Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline believes the plan by the outgoing Governor is to make a case for the United Kingdom to assume full control of the Territory's borders. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – At least one local journalist has publicly criticised the November 10, 2020, joint press conference hosted by Governor Augustus J.U Jaspert and Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews to report on the territory's historic $250M drug bust.

JTV television reporter, Cathy O. Richards, speaking on a November 11, 2020, episode of The Big Story with guest Claude O. Skelton-Cline, said journalists at the press conference were not allowed to dig deep and ask many questions.

Reporters not allowed to ask many questions – Cathy O. Richards

“I was not happy with the press conference, I will tell you off the bat because we were very limited in our ability to ask any questions as such…. for me, you could have come out and made his statement and done with that if that was the case,” she said.

Richards continued, “The Governor said he had Cabinet to go in so, yeah I was not happy… I was not happy because we didn't get to really ventilate issues that are of concern.”

With growing suspicions about the real purpose of the press conference, commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline has accused the Governor and Police Commissioner of trying to paint a narrative with an ulterior motive.

“They are painting the story, there's a narrative that they want to put out there and it's being choreographed as such and they won't want to hear me say this kind of stuff, but it is what it is, that's what's happening,” he said.

Skelton-Cline pointed out that with murders and escalating gun crimes within weeks, there was no press conference regarding those issues.

Narrative being painted – Skelton-Cline

“They have a narrative that they want to communicate, there are communicating that narrative… they want control, they want greater control as it relates to borders in this country,” he said.

The Friday, November 6, 2020, $250M drug bust in the Territory was regarded as the largest seizure made in the VI and the largest single seizure in the history of the RVIPF.

Police Commissioner Matthews said some 2,353 kilos of cocaine was found in a container unit, a three-yard truck and a Ford Explorer jeep, all situated in a property in the Balsam Ghut area of Tortola.

Two brothers, one being a police officer, have since been charged and remanded to prison.

26 Responses to “Media denied chance to ask pressing questions @ drug bust press conference”

  • Uk 2 hit men (13/11/2020, 12:13) Like (14) Dislike (33) Reply
    See thoes two smart men was up to no good we support you Cathy
  • facts (13/11/2020, 12:23) Like (29) Dislike (53) Reply
    The UK a couple of months ago had a large human and drug bust but they didn't call the UK corrupt yet these two calling the BVI corrupt. We are being played.
  • 1 (13/11/2020, 12:24) Like (15) Dislike (33) Reply
    I agree with cathy. The governor should have been more responsible with his choice of words, and allowed questions this is not China
  • WHAT!!!! (13/11/2020, 12:45) Like (58) Dislike (9) Reply
    Any journalist should know that world wide statements regard an ongoing investigation are often not given until investigations are complete.
  • FEO GOMEZ (13/11/2020, 13:23) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    The flossing of all the drug wealth got these jealous white boys about to come take everything. Please research what and UNEXPLAINED WEALTH ORDER is smh that chit worst than extradition.
  • one eye (13/11/2020, 13:23) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
    I have lost trust in the uk governor and police chief and this is the few of many others
    • @ one eye (14/11/2020, 04:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Who cares? Maybe if you use both eyes you will the bigger picture
  • MI5 (13/11/2020, 14:17) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply

    Time to bring in MI5. $240M in cocaine and we are fighting about who should be controlling the borders. Why not ask how, when, and where those drugs were able to penetrate the border security. And for crying out loud, how can any level headed thinking journalist be expected to ask deep questions when there is an investigation under way? Come on. Use your brain and think. And by the way, how come the premier and his goons have not spoken out against this? Can we not see that this activity will be ruining lives? We boast about being a Christian society. How does our Christian conscience inform us with this event?

    • BVICC (13/11/2020, 18:17) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      And notice once more that the BVI Christian Council is silent. Like Judas they have betrayed the very Jesus they wish to call Lord. Thank God not all who say Lord Lord will enter the kingdom.
  • Rubber Duck (13/11/2020, 14:53) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    You expect them to give out information that will find its way immediately to the criminals? Hello.

    Watch out for some more arrests much higher up the food chain than dumb and dumber the patsies.
  • pat (13/11/2020, 14:55) Like (6) Dislike (25) Reply

    Why am I am not surprised this press conference was staged by this two w**** boys to seek credit as they both leave the bvi in disgrace

    • Nopr (14/11/2020, 11:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Gov is leaving after being absolved and the VI is left dusgraced.
  • that's not true (13/11/2020, 15:00) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    They were allowed to asked questions because my entire agency listened to it.
  • Oh boy. (13/11/2020, 15:06) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply

    What game are you all playing? What question are you all expecting the Governor and Commissioner to answer in a very life investigation.

  • Vodooh Math (13/11/2020, 15:59) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's an ongoing investigation.
  • blah (13/11/2020, 17:31) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Of course the UK is corrupt, it's where all the Russian Oligarch money is!! Who owns the prime real estate in the City of London? Give me a break, pure smoke and mirrors.
    • Hey Hey! (14/11/2020, 00:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one is saying that there isn't corruption in the UK and elsewhere. The question should be asked is: With basically only 2 means of earning an income in the BVIs; one being (tourism), dependent on tourists visiting our shores, staying in our hotels and villas, sailing our yachts etc. Will it continue to thrive and provide us the benefits it has been providing us these several centuries. (since the 1960s) when shots are being fired all over the place, lives being snuffed out because of the problems involved in dealing with the illicit nature of drugs and guns. Our tourism department spends millions of $$s annually promoting our highly competitive and fragile industry "Nature's Little Secrets". Oil and water doesn't mix or mix well
  • Mix-up (13/11/2020, 17:53) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    The Governor deserves the beating he getting from CSC. That's what we get for being nice. If the governor did his Job without fear and favor with o the Pier Park project and do a proper investigation he might have be getting more respect today,,,,,
  • priest (13/11/2020, 21:08) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our news reporters should know better. . The world is watching us whether we care or not. How would it look if in the infancy stage of a sensitive investigation like this the investigators reveal through the media everything they know about the case? Remember the investigation is on going. To reveal everything to the public at this time could easily defeat the purpose. The press should understand this and stop their amateur like behavior. .
  • 911 (14/11/2020, 03:13) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    The two boys who stage that press confrence have their own agenda its sick and sad for the bvi
    • To 911 (14/11/2020, 12:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is sick and sad is that you obviously have no respect for authority. Whether you agree with them or not give respect where respect is due.
  • Yung CHAPPO (16/11/2020, 15:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    OK. They got drugs valued at 250 million. Kudos! You spoiled those two brothers intent to get rich. Respect. But I think it is more than meets the eye. Unless the GOVERNMENT itself sells or distributes the drugs, this is not a big plus for the B.V.I. From a man hears 250 million, Everybody like yeah. I just feel like they knew they were under pressure so they blew a small lid from the smaller barrel. I could be wrong, it all could be a big coincidence. Yet. It's just another punch from something called reality. B.V.I. needs great help. The forces that be gonna have the last saw. I am really looking forward to a crime free B.V.I. No scooter incidents, NO SHOOTINGS, No drugs. OMG. WHEN will it stop. Greed is a crazy thing fam. Father really hates liars tho. I fully respect these two men. If they are wolves in sheep clothing, they gon get clapped hard from the almighty. I ain't knocking how a man makes his money but I think even if the UK steps in, they gotta step in good because trust me our borders are not the only grey area where B.V.I. needs a lota help. From top to bottom. I know we as a people would love to keep our independence but, I feel it all start wrong. EXAMPLE. UK territory functionong under the US dollar. Hope we could all come together and figure this out as A one people.

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