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Media gets thrown out of NDP Convention venue

Virgin Islands News Online learnt of the sordid affair through a radio call-in programme, where ZBVI’s Zan Lewis, related what transpired on the sidelines of the NDP Convention—an internal party affair. Photo: Social Media
According to Lewis, Ms Margaret Penn (in picture) instead, “throw us off the compound, the proprietor of the place Ms Margaret Penn, throw us off the compound, throw the media off the compound, tell us to go down to the main road and do not come into the compound because this is a private function.” Photo: Internet Source
According to Lewis, Ms Margaret Penn (in picture) instead, “throw us off the compound, the proprietor of the place Ms Margaret Penn, throw us off the compound, throw the media off the compound, tell us to go down to the main road and do not come into the compound because this is a private function.” Photo: Internet Source
Media operatives attempting to stake out the Treasure Isle Hotel, on Saturday, June 23, 2018 last, for the conclusion of the National Democratic Party’s (NDP), Convention’s election results, were instead evicted from the property by hotelier, Ms Margaret Penn. Photo: Treasure Isle Hotel
Media operatives attempting to stake out the Treasure Isle Hotel, on Saturday, June 23, 2018 last, for the conclusion of the National Democratic Party’s (NDP), Convention’s election results, were instead evicted from the property by hotelier, Ms Margaret Penn. Photo: Treasure Isle Hotel
TREASURE ISLE HOTEL, Tortola, VI - Media operatives attempting to stake out the Treasure Isle Hotel, on Saturday, June 23, 2018 last, for the conclusion of the National Democratic Party’s (NDP), Convention election results, were instead evicted from the property by hotelier, Ms Margaret Penn.

Virgin Islands News Online learnt of the sordid affair through a radio call-in programme, where ZBVI’s Zan Lewis, related what transpired on the sidelines of the NDP Convention—an internal party affair.

According to Lewis, there was a location set aside at the lobby area of the Treasure Isle Hotel, for Delegates to be identified—for entrance into the convention area, since that activity is an internal party affair.

Good Distance Away

According to Lewis “I have no problem with that,” explaining, “we (media) sat a good distance away.”

The veteran journalist said, as he waited some distance from the lobby area, he and another journalist—also staking out the activity—were approached by Ms Penn and told to leave.

Lewis related that they had been first instructed by a party representative, claiming the directive had come from Ms Penn.

According to Lewis, after demands were made to speak directly with the hotelier, Ms Penn came out and promptly demanded the journalists “vacate the premises…the media, telling the media to vacate the premises that we are loitering.”

The ZBVI journalist said they told her, they were not in fact infringing on the private party affair, “we are not at the function; we are outside doing our jobs waiting until they come out so we could let the public know the results.”

That is Wrong

According to Lewis, Ms Penn instead, “throw us off the compound, the proprietor of the place Ms Margaret Penn, throw us off the compound, throw the media off the compound, tell us to go down to the main road and do not come into the compound because this is a private function.”

The veteran Journalist was adamant, “that is wrong.”  According to Lewis, at one point in time, Ms Penn attempted to justify the request saying she did not want the place crowded but according to Lewis, “no crowd was around there and she is telling the media to get off her compound and go down to the main road.”

VIP Different

He said the journalists at no point in time, attempted to enter the NDP convention and contrasted the affair with a similar activity, held by the opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

According to Lewis that function was held at the ‘Maria by the Sea Hotel’ and “we waited in the yard…we stayed there for hours with no interruption, no problems from the management.”  

Lamenting the ordeal, Lewis was adamant, “that should not happen; the media is there to do a job…we should be there to report to the people and tell the people what the outcome is, I think that is wrong (what Ms Penn did).”

29 Responses to “Media gets thrown out of NDP Convention venue ”

  • Not2Sure (25/06/2018, 10:15) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    NDP hates the media yall
  • ccc (25/06/2018, 10:28) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    well what you expect from that gang?
  • ok (25/06/2018, 10:42) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Come election we will surely show this woman where we will go some people is a disgrace to the human race .
    • You were right (25/06/2018, 17:58) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
      Ms.Penn, you had a right to do what you did. This was a private affair. And to you OK, you were better off keeping your mouth shut. A business owner have the right to refuse service or ask someone to leave said premises if not invited.
  • Sam (25/06/2018, 11:21) Like (30) Dislike (9) Reply
    From what I heard this is one of the reason why so few people support the establishment . Personally, I have had many colleagues fromoverseas come to visit the BVI and I have always recommend Maria’s By the Sea Hotel. The way to treat people goes a long way.
    • Jigsaw (26/06/2018, 12:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sam you forget to mention that you charging the same guests at Treasure Ilse $30 to town talk that one guest $30
  • power (25/06/2018, 11:29) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    Power corrupts and absolute power...you know the rest. What a sad state of affairs when the local media is treated like rabid dogs and chased away from covering a story. But that’s how things roll in Tola! That’s why in 2018 and beyond I think twice where I choose to spend my money and which businesses I support! #freepress
  • agreed (25/06/2018, 11:47) Like (30) Dislike (35) Reply
    It was a private function. If the people in charge of a private function did not invite you or ask you to leave, you are not welcomed. Why would Mr. Lewis want to be where he is not welcomed. We all found out what transpired after the internal election. Why Mr. Lewis could not wait. Its a private function in a private place, keep out if not invited.
  • vick (25/06/2018, 12:42) Like (25) Dislike (8) Reply
    one problem in this country is that people with big names like her just do whatever they want, no matter what.
  • Outlaw (25/06/2018, 13:08) Like (29) Dislike (6) Reply
    They are in command Zan, they in charge so let them do what they want. But remember you can do as much as you want but not as long as you want. How long? Not long. The NDP will suffer a miserable defeat at the polls
  • 101 (25/06/2018, 13:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    well well well!!!!!!!! and the beat goes on..........................
  • i from here (25/06/2018, 13:38) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply

    throw he bias ra$s out yes...he could have call funny man

  • How (25/06/2018, 14:10) Like (20) Dislike (18) Reply
    Y’all people make a problem out of everything it’s a private function they don’t want you there then what’s the problem it wasn’t public property so how is it wrong?
    • Jaigon (26/06/2018, 07:04) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      This place might be private property. But don’t forget, it is operated as a hotel, issued with a license that renders it to be open 24/7. It’s a place where the public have access because it is operated as a business. The room where the function was been held was rendered private, therefore no unauthorized persons were welcome to that room, all other areas on that compound is still public accessible. Therefore that woman have no moral authority in law to demand anyone be removed from there. But as someone said, this is the BVI. She should have put her hands on someone and then, she would have known how private her premises really is when the court finish with her. Ridiculous to the highest order.
  • Ok now (25/06/2018, 14:17) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is not even a seven days' talk. Still wondering how it made the news in the first place. Listened to the young man who sounded near tears the other evening on the radio. Private event. No doubt their PR people would have issued a press release shortly after the voting was completed.
    At the end of the day I wonder if the news would not have been spiked up with a gentle sprinkling of sensationalism added to boost the readers' appetites.
  • pell (25/06/2018, 17:23) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why is this news?
  • List 521 (25/06/2018, 17:34) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks for telling we zan you lucky you was not on the next flight out
  • BNN (25/06/2018, 18:01) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    Big time news media in the USA have been banned from events. They don't throw hissy fits like this one did.
  • mountain out of a molehill (25/06/2018, 18:08) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    Another VINO story says the air conditioning wasn't working and the windows were open. The layout of Maria's and Treasure Isle are vastly different. Anyone standing in the yard at Treasure Isle most likely would have been able to hear what was going on upstairs. I hold no brief for Ms. Penn of the NDP but Zan is making a mountain out of a molehill. He's a journalist. He's supposed to have contacts who could reliably have given him the scoop -- either the results, or let him know when the election was over so he could get an interview. SMH. If you want a story, sometimes you have to work for it!
  • I hear you (25/06/2018, 20:50) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ones who really wheel the power are those same silent undercover ones in the background. Controlling our country‘s politics is how they keep wheeling it in for themselves. We need to understand the players in the game; pay attention to the game being played.
  • Welsah (25/06/2018, 20:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP has truly destroyed our country. No kind of fair play; even owner need lessens in customer service. We had this same type of display at the airport and now at this hotel. There are ways to do things for a win-win outcome without alienating members of the press. Another opportunity messed. When will we ever learn?
  • My granny always say, (25/06/2018, 21:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    “If you want to gather honey, don’t kickover the beehive.”
  • back home (25/06/2018, 22:01) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why is this news in the first instance? This so called news reporter is just too cantankerous and out of place. The host of A Look at the Community should not have even entertained him with his nonsense hence allowing him to interrupt his program. He knows fully well if he was back home, working for media or not he could not violate the rules if he was told to leave the premises much less to take to the airways behaving like a spoiled brat. He is just too arrogant and full of himself and naturally biased towards the NDP. I would strongly suggest that instead of being so dramatic and immature, that he takes a course in journalism that will allow him to be more productive. Instead of extracting and reporting other people's news over and over again, he needs to go through the place collect his own news and try to improve his standards. And before I forget, he needs to stay in his own lane and leave well alone.
  • Big stepper (26/06/2018, 07:09) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    I would have tossed his behind and anyone else who were not invited off the property. People here in Tortola think that they can make their own rules and do as they please. And to top it off, the ignorant nosy ones who don't know anything from jack is trash talking Ms.Penn. Sorry to say this, but what do you expect from people that have only traveled as far as West End and back.
  • Wellmaboi (26/06/2018, 09:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much wickedness in high places given out with a smile. The lilman don’t stand a chance in this place. We better know who we giving our votes too coming next election. Think twice, X once.
    • Stupes (26/06/2018, 15:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      What the hell "lil man" you are referring to. You are as big as you prepare for in life. Get moving and you can be as BIG as anyone else
  • Just my 3cents (26/06/2018, 12:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all better keep off Ms Penn Zan and others don’t even want the people from the New Testament Church to park by the Radio Station on a Sunday for church and now he’s here talking trash i would’ve thrown you out yes
  • Phylis (26/06/2018, 15:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I would really like to know what makes Zan Lewis thinks he should be able to walk into a private meeting just because he works for the media. That was down right disrespectful. In the U.S you think the media can walk into a Republican or Democratic meeting. He/she must be invited unless it is on the streets. He got just what he deserved. Who the hell he thinks he is.


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