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Chief Immigration Officer blasts BVI News for false, unverified reporting

- Online news tabloid in the center of yet another ‘fake news’ scandal
Chief Immigration Officer, Mr Ian B. Penn speaking to ZBVI 780am on Friday, January 27, 2023, has since blasted the news website for its false and unverified reporting, which he labeled as ‘false news’ and questioned the journalistic integrity of the tabloid’s staff. Photo: VINO/File
Local online new Tabloid BVI has found itself in yet another false reporting scandal, this time, over a report alleging that detainees under the purview of the Immigration Department had overpowered security at Hotel Castle Marina. Photo: VINO/File
Local online new Tabloid BVI has found itself in yet another false reporting scandal, this time, over a report alleging that detainees under the purview of the Immigration Department had overpowered security at Hotel Castle Marina. Photo: VINO/File
BVI News is owned by UK national Julia Donovan. Photo: Facebook
BVI News is owned by UK national Julia Donovan. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Local online news tabloid BVI News has found itself in yet another false reporting scandal. This time it is over a report alleging that detainees under the purview of the Immigration Department had overpowered security at Hotel Castle Maria early last week.

The erroneous article titled “Detainees reportedly overpower security personnel at Castle Maria” and published on January 27, 2023, alleged that the detainees started a ‘small riot’ at the Castle Marina facility where they also attacked security personnel.

Report false & unverified- CIO Ian B. Penn 

Chief Immigration Officer, Mr Ian B. Penn, speaking to ZBVI 780 AM on Friday, January 27, 2023, blasted the news website for its false and unverified reporting.

Mr Penn labeled the article as ‘false news’ and questioned the journalistic integrity of the tabloid’s staff.

“I do not support that story, that story is false news. I don't know who would have gone and reported a story like that in the news without even conferring with the Department or the Chief Immigration Officer,” Mr Penn told ZBVI’s Zan Lewis.

He said the circumstances surrounding the incident is that one of the detainees asked for a phone call and was told to report back in his room but gave a ‘little problem’.

“He opened the door of the other rooms; however the head of the security firm came down… he asked everybody to go back in their room and one gentleman who gave a little trouble had to be dealt with and put in his room.

No attempts to escape - Mr Penn

“There was no attempt of anyone trying to escape. There was nothing about security being overpowered or any matter like that. The situation was calm and dealt with by security in a matter of seconds,” Mr Penn added.

The Chief Immigration Officer reiterated that what was being portrayed in the news was far from reality, as neither was there a riot as reported by nor issues with security being overpowered or trying to escape from the facility.

BVI News has a high staff turnover and a long history of false and inaccurate news reporting, along with multiple legal threats stacked against it.

On many occasions, the website has had to issue apologies for falsehoods peddled.  

BVI News is owned by UK national Julia Donovan.

36 Responses to “Chief Immigration Officer blasts BVI News for false, unverified reporting”

  • HMMM (30/01/2023, 13:24) Like (31) Dislike (21) Reply
    I am convinced that news site is run by persons who hate the BVI but loves the Governor and the UK and anything about the UK.
  • Youth (30/01/2023, 13:25) Like (18) Dislike (22) Reply
    Is it me alone notice only negative comments about the country that site allows. They block all other comments.
  • rattie (30/01/2023, 13:25) Like (23) Dislike (16) Reply
    That shit whole site always trying to make locals look bad
    • Madussa (30/01/2023, 21:51) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply

      You see the sign she is standing next to? She is smiling thinking of how she can get the *********, without causing a scandal. LMAO!

      • Outsider (31/01/2023, 06:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

        @mudussa, she should ask you if that's the size w**** you like and if you want some. You NASTY SICK MAN!

  • school children (30/01/2023, 13:27) Like (27) Dislike (15) Reply
    School children say it is alleged the UK Officials and their local office writes the stories for a certain online news site and send the blogs with instructions what all to post and not post.
  • lol (30/01/2023, 13:37) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    I do not see this story up on the same bias site that is being referred. I guess not because it would paint another law enforcement entity other than their UK Commissioner of Police & Governor in a good light and that does not bold well for their well organized ongoing colonial plot to prove to the international world that all local and Caribbean law enforcement officers cannot be trusted or do anything well or legal.
  • Crazy woman (30/01/2023, 13:38) Like (22) Dislike (9) Reply
    Do you realize that an education eluded that woman at BVI News? She is bitter and have mastered the F word. However is intertwined in the local culture in a very peculiar way. She is not going back.
    • To Crazy woman (30/01/2023, 15:18) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
      Lol. I was here saying the same thing. Like the UK authorities & their Governor, they hate the BVI people. They want the BVI but not with its people.
  • HAHA (30/01/2023, 13:42) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
    Sooo it took you over a week to put that story together?
    Your response would have been immediate if the Report was false.
    • Reply (30/01/2023, 16:04) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply

      Bvi news is always embarrassing to itself what an embattled news site wh*** trash

  • Crazy joe (30/01/2023, 13:52) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Can anyone tell me who is the person that issues visa waivers ?

    Asking for a friend.
  • Hmm (30/01/2023, 13:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    I kind of think what he says is what the other news said but with extra sauce.
  • street reporter. (30/01/2023, 14:10) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
    Something did happen, maybe not exactly how it was reported.. . The CI need to relax. There are bigger issues in the dept that need his time and attention..He need to focus on clearing the back log of status application and ensure its done fairly.
  • good journalism (30/01/2023, 14:41) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    As a publication it is VINO's obligation to disclose that someone associated with them is currently involved in Legal Proceedings with BVI News, otherwise it is failing to report something that could affect their reporting.
  • Rubber Duck (30/01/2023, 15:36) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Bvi news is always being sued
  • My clear view (30/01/2023, 16:02) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    They are racist and bitter at the BVI.
    • @ cleat view (30/01/2023, 17:03) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      No she is not she never had a white man in her life. Hahaha
  • Oh Really? (30/01/2023, 16:08) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Were the police summoned? Was pepper spray used? That's what bvinews said.
  • Loose mouth (30/01/2023, 16:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I listened to the Chief Immigration Officer trying to explain this fiasco. As a Lawyer, I felt he said too much. The longer he spoke the murkier the water became. Unfortunately, most of the news sites here in the BVI have at sometime hastily printed articles they believe to be factual and later had to retract them when it became clear that the printed information was false. It's bad journalism but unfortunately it happens. It doesn't make you a bad News site, but it could leave you with egg on your face or a hole in your checkbook. The key is to develop reliable sources and then check and recheck all information. VINO caught on though
  • Head Coach (30/01/2023, 17:32) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply

    sick of that wh*** mds - hiding all my comments

  • Eyes Wide Open (30/01/2023, 18:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    bvi news has always been embattled and we know the owner's history in the BVI
  • vi (30/01/2023, 18:14) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply

    This woman is just willful. They need to suspend her license .She lives in the Bvi all these years made here living here but seems to hate the Bvi. Always reporting negative
    stories to make the government looks bad. Her News site is not credible it becomes trash now.she is a bitter woman.

  • bvi (31/01/2023, 04:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't we just shut this filth down?
  • 1st district original (31/01/2023, 06:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    You is one local crazy, you sound and operate just like the lunatic on Smugglers beach. Low rating online news site!
  • It's Journalism... (31/01/2023, 07:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Free press is sometimes messy. But without it, the government just tells us what THEY want us to hear, "Nothing to see here! Look the other way!"
    If things are reported by a news source, it is not fake news. All this Trump speak clouding the facts. This man admitted 'something' happened. So there it is!
    The 3 newspapers here all have a slant. You should read all 3 and make up your own mind. Thank goodness we have all 3! Otherwise we just getting fed what the government wants us to hear.
  • ss (31/01/2023, 07:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This new site is annoying,always quick to publish news that she shed negative story on the question if she hate to Bvi so bad why don't she pack up and go back to the UK?This woman is very arrogant. Ppl like her you have to keep a eye on and shut her Newsite down since this website is always peddling proganda.
  • Racism (31/01/2023, 07:42) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    People of the BVI do not be fooled or brainwashes. Racism is trying to be down played but it is a factor with all that is going on with our country especially with the actions of the UK. The white police officer and their head do not trust the black police officers nor do they trust the other law enforcement agencies who are predominantly black. They want to discredit them and is being done through abuse of their powers to try to justify their colonial actions but camouflage it as good governance. Let us wake up and be aware and stand up for what it right. Ask yourself when last you saw or heard anyone other than black locals and black Caribbean people been audited, investigated, or arrested. Even in the boating accident they were freed. Wake up people. Racism is at our doorstep.
  • Lord (31/01/2023, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This black Woman again
    • rr (01/02/2023, 01:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is a white woman who came her as an expat makes her living here and every opportunity she gets she bashes the locals and Bvi yet she still donot want to go back to the UK.Does she settle these laws these lawsuits?
  • Crap (01/02/2023, 17:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    all these negative comments...drummed up by the Esteemed One. You are all suckers, taking the bait - LOL

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