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UK Press ‘vilified the people of the VI’ over $250m drug bust - Cromwell Smith

- questions how foreign media got access to RVIPF photos before local media
Social Commentator Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju En Ka’ has accused the UK and its press of vilifying the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) through negative media reporting about the historic $250M drug bust in the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Cromwell Smith said the media reports also shone a negative light on people of the territory through the reporting style. Photo: Internet Source
Cromwell Smith said the media reports also shone a negative light on people of the territory through the reporting style. Photo: Internet Source
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, in his 2021 Budget Speech of November 12, 2020, called Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert’s, right, statement about alleged ‘pockets of corruption in the Virgin Islands’ irresponsible and asked for a retraction, which to date has not happened. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, in his 2021 Budget Speech of November 12, 2020, called Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert’s, right, statement about alleged ‘pockets of corruption in the Virgin Islands’ irresponsible and asked for a retraction, which to date has not happened. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Social Commentator Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju En Ka’ has accused the United Kingdom (UK) and its press of vilifying the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) through negative media reporting about the historic $250m drug bust in the territory.

Speaking on the November 16, 2020, edition of the Umoja Show, the host further questioned why drug bust photos belonging to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) were not first released to the local media but were instead made available to the UK press.

“Pictures that we couldn’t even get here in our local paper, is in the Guardian in the UK… pictures gone to the UK and come back, and we can’t get it here yet,” he said relating to the November 6, 2020, historic drug bust.

Mr Smith said the media reports also shone a negative light on people of the territory through the reporting style.

“Told in a way that they want to tell it, vilifying the people of the BVI and the territory, making us look like we a bunch of corrupts.” 

UK protecting or harming VI? 

Mr Smith continued, ‘These are the kind of issues that we have to start paying attention to when we are talking about representation from Her Majesty, in relation to our security and our public image in the international community.”

According to Mr Smith, an attack on the territory's international image could be harmful to the VI national security, “Creating that kind of aura for the BVI internationally is harmful to our national security that she is supposed to be in charge of.” 

“You are protecting my national security and then attacking my economy,” he said 

Mr Smtih also raised concerns about the perception that the VI must be engaging in nefarious activities to be able to afford certain economic gains.

Apparent attempts to harm VI's reputation

The talk show host is one of several to have spoken out against the apparent attempts to tarnish the reputation of the Virgin Islands.

Former talk show host, Julio S. Henry aka ‘Sam’ says he was offended by comments coming out of a press conference hosted by Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews that in the Virgin Islands (VI) there are pockets of corruption facilitating crime.

The Governor made the statements during a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, joint press conference with the Commissioner, following VI's historic $250M 2,353 kilos cocaine bust on Friday, November 6, 2020, and according to Henry, the comments have possible implications on VI's investment future.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in his 2021 Budget Speech of November 12, 2020, called the Governor’s statement irresponsible and asked for a retraction, which to date has not happened.

“This latest bust does not show that our system is corrupt, but rather it shows that our system and our officers stand up for what is right,” the Premier said. 

He said the statement was a well-calculated attempt to stain the good name of the many hardworking law-abiding citizens, the local law enforcement agencies and the VI economy, “The irresponsible statement made will not deter your Government from investing in the advancement of our people in all aspects of local law enforcement.”

33 Responses to “UK Press ‘vilified the people of the VI’ over $250m drug bust - Cromwell Smith”

  • grow up (23/11/2020, 09:30) Like (58) Dislike (3) Reply
    I think its time for these "talk show hosts" to grow up, how about they try and be positive for once. Always pointing fingers, so bored of it. Always some else fault. Smmmmht
    • Hot one (23/11/2020, 14:26) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      Perhaps persons will now learn that they should be very careful with any story in the left wing guardian - not noted for fair coverage of the offshore territories even though its annual losses are supported by a Cayman trust.
      The ‘social commentators’ in the BVI have nothing useful to say but just love the sound of their own voices. PSTFU !
  • ta ta (23/11/2020, 09:31) Like (8) Dislike (53) Reply
    The governor and cheeky police chief are to blame
    • No ta ta (23/11/2020, 11:46) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      The ones to be blamed is the lunatics that is out here thinking that they know how things should be. TYPICAL BUSHMAN TRIBE POLITICS.
    • @ ta ta (23/11/2020, 13:55) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agree they up to no good for we the people
    • priest (23/11/2020, 14:59) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      Some people are behaving like this "drug burst" should have never happened, it should have gone quietly, it should have been swept under the rug......
    • truth be told (24/11/2020, 07:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Y'all BVIslanders just need to live a righteous life... Christian community can't wear bikini during FESTIVAL, love quick money and yet lazy non innovative to say the least.
  • facts (23/11/2020, 10:02) Like (7) Dislike (22) Reply
    The agenda has always been to destroy the reputation and economy of certain OTs...the register of beneficial owners is just the lawful one
    • @facts (23/11/2020, 20:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The opposite. The idea, and Cayman steps closer, is to have every OT have a long term sustainable future with good governance to benefit its people. Anything less is a headache and cost that the U.K. does not need. The Guardian “journalists” don’t get it either but there are international relations and business centres and alliances and sets of laws. The OTs and U.K. do best if they are working in the best possible synchrony. Actually those others who do not benefit from legal and political systems as fair and safe as ours benefit even more. If a group of people go into business do they want to be sorting out any disputes in our specialist commercial court with leading QCs as judges or in Moscow, Beijing, Latin America, USA? No. They all want the legacy reliability of English law in BVI or Cayman as long as we make it easy for them.
  • ting to talk (23/11/2020, 10:13) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Two simple questions. Who is incharge of the national security of the VI? What the constitutional Order says about the national security of this country?
    Do you think you can change it through radio shows?
    • @ting to talk (23/11/2020, 11:39) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      Look here ting to talk that was 3 questions not 2. Wha school you went buddy?
  • Tan I am (23/11/2020, 10:31) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Governor has been unconscionably vilified by these same " victims" from the time he landed in the VI and for no true reason.. Vilified and smeared at least every other day with no regards about the conscience and decency of the VI people ,who,for the most part were left aghast and wondering. Not a peep from these front men with microphones.
    Until the drug bust!!!
    Now we know!
    The World knows.
    Times like this is when I know that there is a Higher Power.
  • Really (23/11/2020, 10:48) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    and what about the way radio show hosts and the media here potray the UK? The media in the UK is brutal too everyone so please do not feel special even though you are
    • Truth (23/11/2020, 18:57) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      It was a set up gus looking points before he leaves prematurely in disgrace
  • Lil. Thatch (23/11/2020, 10:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to take a look back in time, remove our rose colored glasses and see.
    Arrogance and stupidity is not a good mix.
    Tie up your own feet and pointing fingers is beyond ridiculous.
  • Rubber Duck (23/11/2020, 11:10) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have you only just realized BVI has a terrible reputation in the world press? Where have you been?

    Sack whoever is responsible for Public Relations
  • You know what Cromwell (23/11/2020, 11:55) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Make up to get a bashing today on line. Don’t you people have anything better to do than every day some HOUSE NEGRO IS BASHING THE UK? SHUT UP MAN AND STOP ACTING LIKE THE ORANGE MAN THAT REFUSE TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE. I GUESS THE BIG DRUG BUST IS AFFECTING A LOT OF YOU. THE FREE CHEESE IS RUNNING OUT.
  • ann (23/11/2020, 13:37) Like (2) Dislike (17) Reply
    I told you all the governor is bad news
  • Facts wake up people (23/11/2020, 13:56) Like (4) Dislike (22) Reply

    The governor trying to kill the bvi before he leaves? he acting like trump so sad

  • RottenUK (23/11/2020, 14:55) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Only a bad parent vilifies their own!!!!!!!!
  • ????? (23/11/2020, 15:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is unbelievable that we have the local border patrol task force and the UK ship patroling our borders and the movement of drugs in and out of the territory continues. This is mind buggling.
  • BVI (23/11/2020, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    All the major players Cartel, Capone, Dillinger and Ratty justt hey watching ayou bash oneanother while the millions $$$$ keep rolling in this ya guava crop time for the honest man.
  • tretretrete (23/11/2020, 18:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all finally catching on to the plight. It ain’t nothing new - these guys just more blatant and desperate.
    This been the agenda.

    It look like they think we don’t read the UK news and would not have seen that article with the pics.
  • @ RottenUK (23/11/2020, 18:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Do you know how stupid you sound? This sh** about UK being our parent only resides in the minds of SLAVES. Get a damn life or else hold a corner til you learn some sense.

  • Voters (23/11/2020, 18:56) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    The governor is to blame he needs to go fast
  • tretretrete (23/11/2020, 20:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sounds like we need a better free press and more trained journalists. That can be a good career option also for our young school leavers.

    But as mentioned above - the Guardian does not represent the U.K. they have a specific far left socialism agenda and that includes attacking London, Cayman, BVI, Bermuda... everyone who doesn’t fit their Chavez-esque virtue signaling. We should ignore in terms of whether to get het up but we also need to get more clever about showing their narrative up for what it is. For what it is worth, the Brits residing here and Cayman think at least as lowly of that rag of a paper and it’s fake news as anyone else.

    But, remember it’s also a very serious drug bust. It is not realistic or desirable that it is ignored. Same week, I think Guyanese shipments caught in Portugal and something big in the US if I am not mistaken.
    • Wrong (23/11/2020, 23:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The fact that Guardian’s award-winning global coverage of corruption leads to the BVI so often is primarily down to the BVI, not the reporters of the Guardian.
      • HAHAHA (24/11/2020, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        @Wrong Yes, in your fantasy world. And those äwards” are definitely not politically driven. Look at their articles and how misleading and dishonest they are about BVI and Cayman. Look at how they actually often discredit their own headline buried in the texts. Look at the amount of reprinting of TJN far left propaganda without any enquiry whatsoever, let alone finding a voice to quote with an alternative position to the narrative. It’s not even subtle.
  • Sensational (24/11/2020, 05:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    News media any where in the world thrives on sensationalism. It no different in the UK, USA BVI, Canada. The media in the UK saw this as a break from the dreadful Covid rise over there and just run with it. To try and stay relevant. That is how the news world works. Everybody try to be relevant by exaggerating what they think is relevant and will sell. In the BVI here you never see any news in the media portraying any thing good about Jamaica, Dominican Republic or St Thomas in the news paper. It is just how the news media works, sensationalism.
  • Dictator (24/11/2020, 05:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    um, clearly there was some corruption. a police officer was busted. and who thinks that these guys are the head honchos, and do not need further inside assistance to traffic drugs.

    the way to deal with this is to get our house in order. to stamp out the illegal drugs and people trafficking business. remove the idea that the bvi is a stain on the world. one way to do that is not to refuse assistance from overseas.
  • Yeyo (24/11/2020, 09:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/update-no-extradition-for-five-men-in-alleged-drug-ring

    My last comment were not posted .. but it’s all public information am stating!
  • Interested (26/11/2020, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If we the people did not have the drugs , then the U K Would have nothing to say.
    ‘‘Tis our fault , get over it


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