LETTER: Why did our tax-payer funded TV station not cover the UPP Political Event Last Week?

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Subject: Concerns Regarding Non-Coverage of Opposition’s People’s Parliament

Dear ABS Management,

I hope this letter finds you well but on your way to retirement since you’ve long past the retirement age.

I am writing to express my deep disappointment and concern regarding the recent decision not to cover the Opposition’s People’s Parliament held last week.

As a taxpayer-funded and state-owned television station, the ABS plays a crucial role in providing unbiased and comprehensive news coverage to the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.

Media outlets, especially those funded by taxpayers, are expected to uphold the principles of fairness, transparency, and impartiality.

The decision to exclude coverage of a significant political event, such as the People’s Parliament organized by the opposition, raises serious questions about the station’s commitment to these principles.

It also raises serious questions as to whether your coverage can be trusted.

In a democratic society, access to information is paramount, and media outlets serve as a bridge between the government, opposition, and the public.

By choosing not to cover the opposition’s event, ABS has deprived its viewers of the opportunity to hear alternative viewpoints and engage in informed civic discourse.

This decision not only goes against the principles of journalistic integrity but also undermines the democratic values that our nation holds dear.

It is essential that the ABS remains an unbiased platform for political discourse, allowing citizens to form their own opinions based on a diverse range of perspectives. I remind ABS that they are not the Government Information Service. You enjoy a monopoly on TV news and that makes your responsibility even greater.

I urge you to reconsider the station’s stance on covering such events in the future.

A commitment to fairness and impartiality is crucial for maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring that ABS continues to fulfill its role as a responsible and unbiased source of news. Tax-payer funded means that the tax-payers are the owners.

I am surprised that people who pay their 17% ABST in this country accept this. I’ve noticed in recent times that many of you hold private media houses to a higher standard than the one you are paying for.

I hope that ABS will take the necessary steps to rectify this situation and uphold the principles of journalistic integrity that are fundamental to a democratic society.

Sincerely,

17 per cent and counting

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