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VINO blasts DPP Rajbansie & tabloid BVI Beacon

- Director of Public Prosecutions & BVI Beacon unprovoked attack on Virgin Islands News Online
Virgin Islands News Online has condemned the reckless attack by the Virgin Islands’ Trinidadian national Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Wayne Rajbanise (left) on Virgin Islands News Online. And at a time when media houses are required to stand together to protect freedom of speech and of the press, the BVI Beacon, whose editor is Freeman Rodgers (right) has chosen the path of yellow journalism, division, unprofessional and bias reporting. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands News Online will continue to uphold the principles of good and professional journalism and will continue to be the trusted source in the Virgin Islands and the Region for accurate information. We will continue on our journey of this extraordinary movement for good factual information. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands News Online will continue to uphold the principles of good and professional journalism and will continue to be the trusted source in the Virgin Islands and the Region for accurate information. We will continue on our journey of this extraordinary movement for good factual information. Photo: VINO
Statement by Advance Marketing & Professional Services in response to the DPP & BVI Beacon

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- We are once again saddened by the reckless attack by the Virgin Islands’ Trinidadian national Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Wayne Rajbanise on Virgin Islands News Online.

It was on Friday July 24, 2015 when some six media houses in the Virgin Islands were summoned to appear before the criminal court with charges and complaints unknown.

However, it was brought to the attention of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, the parent company of Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), that the learnt Director of Public Prosecutions Wayne Rajbansie was there and had issues with our news site, and even went after our esteemed Chairman of our Board of Directors Mr Julian Willock.

The matter was presided over by Justice Nicola Byer.

DPP’s misguided rant in court

Firstly, this news site has nothing against Mr Rajbansie and continues to express the highest regard for his good office.  In fact, after our Chairman Mr Willock returned to the territory this week, he made two phone calls to the office of the good gentlemen Mr Rajbansie to dialogue with him on the issues, particularly as it relates to when the DPP mentioned Mr Willock’s name some three times before other journalists on Friday last in court.

However, we were not given the courtesy of a return call. We could only assume that Mr Rajbansie was busy in court trying cases as most DPP in the region does.

VINO requires no validation from Mr Wayne Rajbansie. The record has already demonstrated that we are professional, accurate, fair and balanced and affiliated or obligated to no political party and can always stand by any article without fear or favour.

Why is he picking on Willock?

Our Editor-in-Chief Mr Reuben J. A. Stoby, who has sole responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the news site and manages all reporters, had on Friday apologised before the Court, if VINO had inadvertently violated any court orders in regards to comments/blogs about ongoing High Court cases. Mr Rajbansie, who now aspires to be a Queen’s Counsel we assume, was aware of this fact that Mr Willock has nothing to do with the daily operations of VINO or does NOT write or edit stories or approve comments.

His presentation to the Court on July 24, 2015 in front of the media companies and how he singled out VINO was unwarranted and less than dignified in our humble opinion. We share the frank opinion and concerns  that the Criminal summon was unnecessary and that VINO’s letter from Advance Marketing and Professional Services addressing issues that Mr Rajbansie  told the Editor Mr Stoby had no place at that forum.

That is why Advance Marketing and Professional Services’ Chairman Mr Willock said in a private letter to the DPP some months ago (referred to by Mr Rajbansie in Court on July 24, 2015) that we regard certain of his actions as an abuse of power. Here is yet another example.

Tabloid BVI Beacon

We also noted but were not surprised that the tabloid BVI Beacon in an article dated Thursday July 30, 2015 ‘Media summoned to court over online comments’ sort to place their own inaccurate spin on the court matter by blaming VINO. In fact other media houses were also chastised, however, they seem to be absent from the Beacon article. 

We are used to the local tabloid’s attack on the number one news site, VINO.

Now, however, is a time when media houses are required to stand together to protect freedom of speech and of the press but the BVI Beacon has chosen the path of yellow journalism, division, unprofessional and bias reporting.

Are they racist?

It’s interesting that the BVI Beacon continues to raise a matter about a claim against VINO when in fact the case is still before the court system. However, the same tabloid has failed to write about its own lawsuits over the years, including one settled a few years ago out of court.

Some have suggested that racism may have played a role. We are not in a position to draw those conclusions and weighty allegations as we regard that labeling serious without compelling evidence.

The VINO Commitment

The team at VINO is proud of the wonderful contributions made to the community for we hear it every day from our many readers, advertisers and well-wishers from both sides of the political aisle through Facebook messages, calls and e-mails to the news room, and many of you who meet our reporters from day to day.

We will continue to uphold the principles of good and professional journalism and will continue to be the trusted source in the Virgin Islands and the Region for accurate information. We will continue on our journey of this extraordinary movement for good factual information.

22 Responses to “VINO blasts DPP Rajbansie & tabloid BVI Beacon”

  • LOL (31/07/2015, 13:15) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    thing to tell the king
  • .... (31/07/2015, 13:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    DPP smh
  • Guest (31/07/2015, 13:19) Like (15) Dislike (117) Reply
    Three thumps up vino...we the people got your back
  • just asking (31/07/2015, 13:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did you say he applied for a QC?
  • YAWN (31/07/2015, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Schups
  • whatever (31/07/2015, 14:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yeap the man is busy on the court room no timr to return calls....
  • water under the bridge (31/07/2015, 15:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok now little children no more fighting!
  • wize up (31/07/2015, 15:46) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    I guarantee, that man can not fight against the media in Trinidad; so why come to this territory with his madness; loads of non nationals have this mindset they can come to this territory and act the fool; most of them gets away with this level of disrespect simply because we have spineless leaders...friendship and political leadership just can't mix......
  • Liat 521 (31/07/2015, 16:36) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    dem say dem locals tryin to get he out
  • A Fahie (31/07/2015, 18:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! and double Wow!
  • water boy (31/07/2015, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man going to be a QC so leave he where he is!
  • Outlaw (31/07/2015, 20:43) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    He will never get QC so he can continue dreaming. How many cases has he prosecuted in court since he is here. He is a total waste
    • @ outlaw (31/07/2015, 21:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      He did a lot including jj own ha ha
      • Outlaw (01/08/2015, 06:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        @outlaw, well for your information, Jj case which was an easy walk over is the only credit to his name. Terrence Williams was a DPP, I don't know what Rajbansie is. Look at his junior counsel Grahame record of achievements compared to his and his principal counsel own and then you will agree that the two of them are two waste of time
    • 123 (01/08/2015, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes he will he deserve it! Ha hs
  • insider (31/07/2015, 21:57) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    What he did in court to vino was wrong....just wrong
  • wize up (01/08/2015, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    who is the funny looking chat in this picture!!!
  • insider (02/08/2015, 19:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just hope he us not a bully vino u should intrview the staff especially the locals
  • Trinidad (04/08/2015, 20:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go back to Trinidad
  • Wicked (04/08/2015, 23:17) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welox bouy you know he coming after u now look out!


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