FNM questions credibility of media

The Free National Movement (FNM) has brought into question the credibility of the media in a recent statement claiming that the recent publishing of a “made up interview” in the Nassau Guardian speaks to the matter of ethics in journalism.

The paper published an article last Saturday, which falsely quoted Deputy to the Governor’s General His Excellency Ambassador Cornelius A. Smith.

The article claimed that the deputy opposed to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ decision to recognize Sir Roland Symonette in the country’s first national honours.

Sir Roland’s recognition has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, as mixed views on his appointment exists on both sides of the political divide, with some claiming the former leader was racist.

Opposition and Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Davis accused the prime minister of choosing the former premier for the national hero’s award because of his contributions to his party: the Free National Movement (FNM).

The Nassau Guardian issued a front page apology for the misstep in its publication on Monday, however, the party insisted in its statement that the apology was not enough.

“When the people as a whole depend on your organization for the facts, you have an obligation to do your job right each and every time,” the FNM said in a statement yesterday.

“Now that Candia Dames (managing editor) has admitted to the gravest of journalistic lapses, it is clear that she and the publishers must do the right thing.

“If the editor and publisher of the paper truly believe that issuing a simple apology is sufficient, then they need to re-evaluate their entire code of ethics.

“In light of her allowing a completely fabricated and untrue story to be published this past Saturday, she should follow the industry standards and resign from the Guardian.

Her resignation, the statement continued, will allow the Bahamian people to have faith that when they are reading the news, that they can believe what they are seeing.

“Time and time again we have seen journalists and editors resign when they breech the public’s trust and this case should be no different.

“Journalistic staff from the USA Today, Cable News Network (CNN), The New York Times and many other organizations, have all followed the industry norm of resigning when they publish stories that are false, fake or untrue.”