Office of the Prime Minister Objects to Fictitious Article in the Daily Observer Newspaper

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 21st June, 2014…….Chief of Staff within the Office of the Prime Minister Ambassador Lionel Hurst has written to the Editor of the Daily Observer Newspaper, Mr. Byron Derrick objecting to an article appearing in the Saturday June 21 edition of the paper.

The article captioned “Notable US magazine critical of ABLP first Investor,” was written by Raisa S. N. Charles, with its first paragraph announcing that “The Economist, the financial theme magazine is expressing skepticism with the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party government’s first investor.”

Ambassador Hurst said that the claim is very false.  “The reported condemnation of the ABLP’s first investor was undertaken by an anonymous blogger whose only identification is “PW”.  No article appeared in the Economist Magazine which addressed the issue of Antigua and Barbuda’s eight-day old administration and its first investor,” Hurst’s letter stated.

The Prime Minister’s Office Chief of Staff further pointed out that the Daily Observer’s writer is aware that in the past, the newspaper has cautioned bloggers about treating readers with respect.  “It is evident that a guideline intended for strangers was not followed by your own writer.  The magazine did not report any tale about its judgment of an investor.  The blog was surely written by someone intending to embarrass the ABLP, or to inflict political harm; that blogger found an ally in your writer,” Hurst wrote.

Pointing out that the Observer’s writer turned the blogger’s comments into a story which was not fitting, Ambassador Hurst said that the story is false and the writer ought to be cautioned by the paper’s editor not to engage in that kind of fictitious reporting.

“Your newspaper has done its best to portray itself as non-partisan.  Your writer has embarked on another escapade,” Hurst letter to Derrick concluded.

The Office of the Prime Minister has received numerous messages of commendations for its swift action in securing the two billion dollar investment from the Chinese Yida Group, one day after assuming office.

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