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Governor mum on conversations about Mika Barry FB page

- Operatives behind page are reportedly based in Atlanta & VI
Governor John J. Rankin's expression when asked about the Mika Barry Facebook page on April 6, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Our newsroom was recently informed that independent investigations have revealed that there are at least five persons behind the Mika Barry Facebook page, three living in the [British] Virgin Islands and two residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Facebook
Our newsroom was recently informed that independent investigations have revealed that there are at least five persons behind the Mika Barry Facebook page, three living in the [British] Virgin Islands and two residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Facebook
Cindy Rosan asked Governor John J. Rankin if Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) wanted him to shut down the Mika Barry Facebook page. Photo: Facebook
Cindy Rosan asked Governor John J. Rankin if Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) wanted him to shut down the Mika Barry Facebook page. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Speculations about the Mika Barry Facebook page are rife, including that foreign agents may be working with local persons determined to destabilise the government to suit their various agendas.

Who is behind Mika Barry FB page?

While many still have not been able to properly verify the owners and writers associated with the page, it is unclear if any legal actions can be taken for defamation as a result of slander or libel of residents’ names and characters.

In the most recent episode the Mika Barry Facebook page published, there were clearly many erroneous information and false accusations against House of Assembly (HoA) members.

One HoA Member’s Facebook page was even ‘photoshopped’ and a fake message inserted in an effort to justify erroneous claims against that member.

One local attorney speaking to our newsroom noted that unless the owners, editors et cetera of the Mika Barry page are known, it will be challenging to bring a case for defamation (slander or libel) but there is always the option of making complaints to Facebook itself.

Our newsroom was recently informed that independent investigations have revealed that there are at least five persons behind the productions, three living in the [British] Virgin Islands and two residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

‘I’m aware’ of Mika Barry FB page- Gov Rankin

One person who had publicly sworn to bring down the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government as well as its Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) enquired of Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, if Premier Wheatley has sought his assistance to shut down the Mika Barry Facebook page.

Cindy Rosan, who is now presenting herself as a reporter, asked the question during the Governor’s press conference on April 6, 2023.

The Governor was first asked if he is aware of the Mika Barry platform.

Bowing his head and with a smirk, the Governor responded, “I am aware of it.”

Rosan then claimed she had a question that was asked by the public.

“Did the Honourable Premier approach you to shut down the Facebook page?” She asked.

Appearing to struggle for words, Governor Rankin said: “I am not going to start discussing conversations which the Premier and I have one way or another, and you shouldn’t draw any inference from that.

“What I do say in relation to any media is that I believe in a free media but I also believe the media should be responsible in what they publish,” the Governor stated in a generalised response.

Did the Governor drop the ball?

Neither Rosan nor the only other reporter present at the press conference asked Mr Rankin whether he was in support of the Facebook page or not or whether he would order the police to find out who are the elements behind the controversial and productions that have been causing reputational damages.

Many feel the Governor should have seized the opportunity to condemn the Facebook page.

36 Responses to “Governor mum on conversations about Mika Barry FB page”

  • I see what you did there... (07/04/2023, 12:30) Like (41) Dislike (5) Reply
    "Cindy Rosan, who is now presenting herself as a reporter".
    LMAO!!! So right though. I've been asking myself when and how she became a "journalist". Well sah!
  • Really (07/04/2023, 12:42) Like (29) Dislike (10) Reply
    Absolutely Bullshit. The government can find out who this page is they have all the resources. The government can't say who it is because it's them. People wake up to the foolish being pulled off right in front of you.
    • @Really (07/04/2023, 14:53) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      That is the job of the Governor and the police who is under his responsibility and not the elected Government nor public officers. Get it correct. It just means it doesn't affect the Governor and his gang, so he is not interested. Only if his COI or his audit report recommend Mika Barry be found they would have found her long ago.
  • what a plot (07/04/2023, 13:29) Like (36) Dislike (20) Reply
    All of a sudden, this Governor is holding numerous press conferences knowing that it is election season. Only a fool cannot see that he is trying to negatively influence the minds of voters for this election. These people major in playing with person's heart, mind and soul. BVI better wake up.
  • We are not stupid (07/04/2023, 13:33) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
    “Did the Honourable Premier approach you to shut down the Facebook page?” She asked.

    Appearing to struggle for words, Governor Rankin said: “I am not going to start discussing conversations which the Premier and I have one way or another, and you shouldn’t draw any inference from that."

    The Govenor has condemned his own self with his response. This is the same kind of response he gave when the COI was ongoing, and everyone stated that the outcome of the COI was already known before it started and that the current actions would have happened. The Governor said to the public not to read anything into the COI as it is only a report, but we will sit and discuss a way forward.

    He lied then, and he is lying now.
  • I want my questions answered (07/04/2023, 14:00) Like (45) Dislike (9) Reply
    Up to now no one has the guts to ask the Governor the real questions and ask him to produce the documents to validate his answers. I will not stop until this is done for the following questions with more to come:
    1) Who determined the terms of reference for the COI and how were they derived and did the actions violate the Constitution of the BVI?
    2) Who determined the terms of reference for the hiring of the Commissioner of the COI and how were they derived?
    3) What process was used and by whom in the hiring of the Commissioner of the COI and was it a tender and was it transparent?
    4) Produce what was written to the UK to justify the request for approval for a COI?
    5) Who selected the staff that worked with the Commissioner of the COI and were they people from the same UK office of government as the Governor?
    6) How come the Commissioner of the COI had more authority than the courts?
    7) Why was it a one-man UK commissioner for the COI rather than a 3-person commissioner to allow for balance and remove prejudice by having one commissioner from the Caribbean, one from the Uk, and one selected either by the UN, CARICOM or OECS? This would have been transparent, reflect good governance, and create balance.
    8) Where is the report from the UK Attorney Cox that was working with the AG's Office on behalf of the people of the BVI and our rights as every story has 3 sides, yours, mine, and the truth?
    9) Why can't part or all of the COI be challenged in court as it is clear that some of it is extremely bias and collusion may be possible to derive?
    10) How can the Govenor failures be looked into locally and by whom?

    I will stop there for now, but these are serious questions that need answers because although the Governor, UK Commissioner of Police and the other UK Official thinks otherwise, we the people of the BVI have rights and they need to be protected. An Order in Council is modern day slavery whip and should not be seen as nothing else. Anything that makes a one man (Governor) above the judiciary and people is a slavery whip. Those who hate the BVI will see these concerns as foolishness but those who love true justice will see them as wise.

    I am voting only for those who will get these answers and act on them.
    • To I want my questions answered (07/04/2023, 15:28) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      I found your post to be quite interesting and thought provocative. Solid points. If the action of the Governor was that of any elected officials these would have been the questions hitting every news site and campaign.
    • voting (08/04/2023, 08:19) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      Re I want my q’s answered: sounds like you won’t be voting for anyone. As much as your questions are valid, the real question is why BVIslanders have tolerated successive governments that have done so little for its electorate for decades. Our educational system is substandard, as are our roads. We still have no handle on waste management. Many have limited water supply. Our power grid is unreliable. Millions have been squandered from the public purse but no one has ever been brought to accounts. Many still have damaged homes from hurricanes that happened six years ago. There is also the ever increasing narco trafficking not to mention the tolerance for discriminatory behavior towards others who come here to do essential work that seems to be “beneath” many here.
      • @voting (08/04/2023, 11:12) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        Many of you are saying that our education system is substandard but a great many of our students with the foundation they have received have attended overseas universities and have excelled above students who are from the countries with the so called high standard education system. The problem is because the BVI is a small country people coming from a bigger country like to push that narrative as a means of keeping BVIslanders down but put them to the task they cannot match up to the BVIslanders. Some things f0oreigners do not like are are, BVIslanders have the knowledge and means to build decent strong homes, and that the standard of living is too high for the locals. What I have observed is that outsiders feel that they have the right to say all kind of bad things about the locals and when the locals defend themselves the outsiders scream that the locals are bad and prejudice. Narco trafficking is world wide and since you guys so smart do something about it. The same people who are talking about it are the same people who are involve or else how would they know so much about it. It is a known fact that one can be involved with an issue but at the same time calling fowl on same. People should stop pretending that they care about the BVI and its people when they are realy interested in how they can benefit themselves.
  • Publicity (07/04/2023, 14:15) Like (40) Dislike (17) Reply
    She is no more a journalist that she was a political candidate. Just a loud mouth looking for attention. She refers to her “newsroom” which is actually her cell phone (when the police don’t have it).
  • Rhythm up.. (07/04/2023, 14:32) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    Whats obvious is that seems like Britain do not want VIP back in Power and is willing to go the distance to ensure VIP don't get back in and it all leads back to Head Coach behaviour. Also no one knows what head coach is spitting out...
    • @Rhythm up.. (07/04/2023, 14:59) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your analysis makes no sense. The UK always wanted to do what they are now doing, and the COI & its recommendations were already concluded. It is about abuse of power but make it seem as if it is about good governance. Case in point, if the VIP is not back & NDP 1 or 2 is back then what the British Governor will do is immediately move into the areas the COI mentioned regarding them. So, it is about an unjustified long-awaited take over plan no matter who takes office.
  • asking for a friend (07/04/2023, 14:35) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Vino why you all wasting ink on crazy Cindy ?
  • Rubber Duck (07/04/2023, 14:48) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mika Barry is interesting. Where do the phone shots come from? Either the police or parties close to the phone owner.
  • Infamous Mika barry (07/04/2023, 15:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Out of Atlanta hmm
  • not a joke (07/04/2023, 15:01) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need an independent body to look into Mika Barry as neither the Governor nor his UK Commissioner of police can be trusted in this matter as they may very well be suspects.
  • Not said so listen well (07/04/2023, 15:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    What the malicious Governor is saying without saying is look out for more of his all of a sudden press conferences and questionable actions before elections day because he has an agenda to fulfill he thinks is in our best interest knowing full well that it is only in his best interest.
  • Eagle (07/04/2023, 15:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anyone who will speak out against what is being done against the citizen of this country they don't want. They want you all to go blind and sign the secret handover without asking questions. White magic worst than black magic.
  • Citizen (07/04/2023, 16:19) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh yea about the phone conversations its simple get two phones and you can text yourself back and forth all the crap you want then post pictures of it. Man we really allow ourselves to be fooled so easily?
  • HMMM (07/04/2023, 16:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So Cindy ain’t for getting the page down? She forgot she’s been featured? She’s aware that she will be on the next episode? If the premiere asked to get it down she should be thankful vs trying to be like “oh why does he want it down? Is he scared and blabla
  • .gov (07/04/2023, 16:32) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Governor regards this social media fiasco as what it is none of his business. He will never comment on it.
  • The 6th (07/04/2023, 20:27) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    If true. It got so many unemployed or underemployed young men in the district she could afford to give that funny looking boy $30,000.00 a year to do nothing but walk around drinking rum and talking $h!+ all day. #Advantage.
    • the block (08/04/2023, 12:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Buh mike larry he face look like the bottom of mike larry shoe. He does go on like hes God's gift to women but then the truth is he had to run from here on charges. Now he come back and getting all this money from government for nothing. He trying so hard to be his brother or farther but he ain't getting nothing do. He know every body business except his own.
  • HMMM (07/04/2023, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    But what was said about the male customs officer is TRUE!
  • Hypocrite of a man (07/04/2023, 23:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    On another note, the Governor is in a rush to give his kind status in the BVI so do not think his concern about delays with residency and belongers is a concern for our Caribbean brothers and sisters. What is so hypocritical about the Governor's actions, which seems to be his norm, is his office is in charge of British citizenship and Naturalization among other areas, but you cannot get an appoint until two and three years down the road for those status and that is if you get a response from the Governor's Office. I guess he means it is not what you do but how you do it as he probably thinks that once his office gives you an appointment a year or more down the road then they have responded and whoever applied should be satisfied with that foolishness. Talk about hypocrisy that goes unchecked because it is the Governor. These actions are wrong but no one can look into him but he has the power to look into everyone and we call this democracy. The COI somehow missed this one. I wonder why?
  • 1 + 1 (08/04/2023, 05:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Never looked at the Mika Barry stuff. Based on what was explained to me, it sounds like it is based on a heap of garbage that cannot move a country forward or inspire young people to do something good in their community or stimulate the minds of the educated people in this country. Garbage that belong in a dump. No space in society for froth. I cannot help but notice that the same foolish talk about who sleeping with who on that platform is something Cindy also believes in as if it makes sense. Then the type of question she asked the governor could very well suggest that she has some interest in making sure the page stays alive but it could also have been an attempt to indirectly promote the page and stir up more views. I mean kudos to her, it is now plastered here on VINO platform aa free advertising. Mission accomplished? So I started to dig deeper. Guava BERRY, Mika BARRY. Something about this use of the berry/barry word seem familiar. But what is Mika? Backwards, Mika is Akim. Is Cindy associated with an Akim or an Akeem who may also be one of the contributors? Putting 1 + 1 together. If no one views the nonsense that is being fed into the minds of the sensible people in this country, then the page would eventually die. Why is someone looking for that level of attention and is so invested in who sleeping with who? It just seems like a similar pattern to me. Must have felt rewarding to get confirmation that even the governor is aware of this garbage gossip platform.
  • Mike Barry (08/04/2023, 06:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mikà Barry we done warn you already and your still running that mouth who don't HEAR WILL FEEL
  • Really (08/04/2023, 06:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ the dumb commenter,you uneducated behind need to get things straight. The ELITES run the world and all government officials is their puppets so learn the world because you can't come up against me without knowledge
  • Hmm (08/04/2023, 06:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    How come mika ain't get story on them others political candidates and the roads have stories out?
  • lol (08/04/2023, 11:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    why ayo mad, lol, this is fun for me, lol
  • Governor's actions concerning (08/04/2023, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is clear the issue is one where the systems and policy the government and public officers are working under are outdated. The issues facing the country has far outgrown what the policy addresses. This systematic problem did not just happen, and no elected official should be given full blame. As a matter of fact, most blame should be given to the Governor for the past 40 years of not doing any work on behalf of the people of the BVI. Having said that, the Governor needs to be more realistic about the timeframes attached to some of these recommended changes as well as do not approve new policies without the input of the people because they may be modernized but still miss the mark of addressing the real issues of the people of the BVI. Hopefully addressing the needs of the people of the BVI is the focus and not that of colonializing the BVI using modern tactics.
  • The jig is up (09/04/2023, 06:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mika Barry is a complete waste of time to intelligent people, all those videos was pics of people, and screenshots of comments on articles on various news sites (which are not credible), so ANYONE that has tine to waste has tine to be mika barry. Anyone who has been reading the news, including the commebrs, would be already aware of what is being posted.

    I for one will not be entertaining said page because the information provided there is not credible, and especially in this very critical political time, it is nothing more than a distraction bait, and the masses fell for it hook, line and sinket. Curiosity kills the cat, featuring politcians in the peak of election time, cleverly done, well done. But the question is WHAT are these people trying to HIDE? What's with all these distractions?

    No.matter who gets in, is blows all around, STOP being distracted and remain focus on the elephant that is in the room. Mike Barry have zero to valuably contribute to the conversation.
  • @ I WANT MY QUESTION ANSWERED (09/04/2023, 13:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • detroit (14/04/2023, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    An islander that has a connection to Atlanta is CSC ! his old boss from Detroit, Kawame

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