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Statement on court matter involving VINO article on Robinson O’Neal Enterprises

Virgin Islands News Online, known for its accuracy, balance, and non-partisan reporting, does not single out any competitor, company or individual. Our high ethical and professional standards continue to guide the site.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - On December 15, 2011, Virgin Islands News Online, well known for its accuracy, balance, objectivity, and for non-partisan reporting, published a story involving a case that was before the High Court by Robinson O’Neal Enterprises involving Amos Jerome O'Neal.

In our article, we factually mentioned that Dr. Hubert O’Neal was one of several share holders of the company, Robinson O’Neal Enterprises, and that many pieces of correspondences to the late Amos Jerome O’Neal in our possession, involving the same company, bears his signature.

As of today, Jerome’s daughter Cassandra Titley O’Neal Phd., is the administrator of her late father’s estate.

Because of this news site’s high ethical and professional standards, we did not single out the company out of malice or for libelous purposes, against the good gentlemen, Dr. Hubert O’ Neal. However, the news site routinely carries court stories, since we do have two reporters assigned to our court ‘beat’.

What we reported in the case involving Robinson O’Neal Enterprises was public information and the document and the facts of the case were at the Registry of the High Court for all to see. Furthermore, the reporter covered the case in open court the day when the decision was handed down and up-dated the facts of the Judge’s decision on the news site minutes after the judgement.

With this in mind, we at Virgin Islands News Online look towards defending ourselves vigorously in the courts, as we will be honouring the long held democratic principle of a free and fair press.

Notwithstanding this statement, we will not try our case in the press and will make no further comments!

While we are aware that some media houses delight in any opportunity to report negative information about Virgin Islands News Online, we again politely and humbly caution the media fraternity that an attack against one media house is an attack against all. For today, it may be this site, tomorrow it might be your media house.

Virgin Islands News Online is not in the business of trying to bring down others, or settling scores with any competitor, company or individual. If that was our objective we would have published correspondences we have from Attorneys to a particular online news site and a tabloid news paper with records of retraction of stories, corrections, as well as apologies for inaccurate stories.

We are also aware of settlements brought against one tabloid news paper by individuals who have gone out of their way to call us to brief us on this history.

It will never be Virgin Islands News Online’s goal or objective to tear down. We are about building up and bringing back fair and transparent standards to the important role that the media play in the advancement of the Virgin Islands, as we seek to strengthen our young democracy.

We are confident that when the court reviews the facts of this case, brought by Dr. Hubert O’Neal, Virgin Islands News Online and the cherish goal of freedom of a responsible press would have been cemented in these Virgin Islands.

Please click here to see article in which is the subject of a court libel case from Hubert O’Neal.

9 Responses to “Statement on court matter involving VINO article on Robinson O’Neal Enterprises”

  • mask man (10/04/2012, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am disappointed in Herbert…seems to be pure politics aided by the Beacon, JTV and Platinum and we know who control those three!
  • valley boy (10/04/2012, 13:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    doc want to be in the kicken and can't tek the could that article by vino mek you loose the elections???eh
    • Wise Guy (10/04/2012, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Elections were November 7 2011 and the article was written in December 2011! You all lie so much you forget what to say.
      • Virgin Gorda Massive (11/04/2012, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        i had to take a laugh for he told a news paper the article was "intented to damage his political furture"???? was this the same guy that ran four times and lost???? gimme ah break someone
        • voter from Anegada (12/04/2012, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          me had to laugh too just read the melee in the paper and you know which one it was expected to be in..own and control by that same political party that hates vino..I see why they want to shut down this good news site...but god does not like Ugly
      • Praise all (12/04/2012, 05:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Fact is fact about performance but when you bring down the character of people those need going to court. So much disrespect went on from the NDP side and those are what they showed our young people who trying to make their mark. They show them how to be deceitful by registering them way they don't live. what about a public campaign to enlighten the young people the right and wrongs of registering, but election office full speed ahead registering more people. when somebody going stop this madness? and when somebody going get an investigation lodged into this craziness that went down? it ain't going hurt the young people - it going show them how scampy those who register them are.
  • under the bus (10/04/2012, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    vino hold your head up high you have nothing to be fearful of...they have attorney you have too..BAM hit the right spot!!!
  • move on .com (10/04/2012, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    in my opinion the enemies of a free press and of you vino are trying all means necessary to see you all close down but we the people got your back. we will not live in a society where the government control the press and its freedom...the days of Saddam, Castro, Hitler, Penoshee and the likes are long long, gone.
  • she the cat mother (11/04/2012, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO we wish you all the best...God is in the mist of it all and he will come through for you all.

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