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I-Witness News on police info blacklist?

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Senior cops at the Police Public Relations Dept. instruct their juniors about the media entities to which they should send police information, an I-Witness News conversation with Corporal Smith of that office Monday afternoon suggests.

I-Witness News, which is operated by Taiwan-based Vincentian journalist Kenton X. Chance, called the police PR office to ask if there was any information about an incident in Union Island in which police reportedly killed three Venezuelans while a local Customs guard died during a shootout between the law enforcement agents and suspected Venezuelan drug runners on Sunday.

Chance called the police PR office Monday afternoon asking for information about the shooting.

“My name is Kenton Chance of I-Witness News. I am trying to get some information about this shooting in Union Island,” he said to the cop who identified herself as Corporal Smith.

“Hmmmmmm. The information is ready but it has to be perused by the officer. He hasn’t perused it yet,” Smith responded.

Chance went on to explain to the cop that his repeated attempts to have the police add his media entity to their email list of PR information recipients have failed.

“Mr. Chance, I am working with somebody yo hear,” Smith responded while Chance was still midsentence. “So I have to take instructions. So as soon as the information is ready, I will send it to the media,” she further stated.

“Ma’am, ma’am, you are giving me an untoward response even before I say what I wanted to say. But the point I was gonna make was that I have asked the police several times to add my email address to their mailing list and I am not sure that has been done -” Chance stated.

“I take instructions from my superior officer and that is what I am doing. I think I saw your name on the thing. I will ask him if I can send it to you and if he say whatever, I have to take instructions. So, as soon as it is ready, I will ask him and I will disseminate the information,” the cop said.

“So, if he doesn’t say send it to me, you can’t send it to me? Is that what you are saying?” Chance asked.

“I am not saying anything. I am just saying what I have been told,” the cop said before the call ended with an exchange of pleasantries.

Chance, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and a Master of Arts in international affairs, has been operating I-Witness News as “a not-for-profit, public service undertaking” since 2009. The site has seen readership spike to an average of 60,000 hits per month over the past six months, with visitors living mainly in Canada, the United States, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in that order.

The commercial-free site has reported on many issues related to police and policing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including their warning last week that Carnival shows will be shut down if violence breaks out.

After several failed attempts to have the I-Witness News email address included on the police emailing list, Chance on Nov. 6, 2011 contacted via Facebook police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner of Police Jonathan Nichols asking for assistance.

Nicholls explained that he was overseas on vacation at the time but said he would “look into it when I go back”.

On Dec. 7, in another Facebook communication, Nichols said that while he was back in St. Vincent, he was not yet back on the job.

Chance again contacted Nicholls on Jan. 13 saying:

“… I hate to contact you, via Facebook, on this. However, I have made several telephone calls to the police public relations office asking them to add me to their mailing list. It seems that that has not happened, since I am not receiving any of their releases. Further, I called yesterday, specifically to ask for the release relating to [escaped prisoner] Godwin Moses, a female, who identified herself as Smith (corporal, I think) answered the phone. I told her who I was, who I represent (I-Witness News) and my request, she asked, “So you are in Taiwan?” She then promised to send the release. I am yet to receive it. I will really appreciate any assistance you can give in this regard.”

Chance did not receive a response to that message nor another sent on Jan. 17 saying: “Inspector, Happy New Year. Did you remember to add I-Witness News to the Police Public Relations mailing list?”

However, there is no way to determine whether the senior cop in fact received the electronic communications.

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14 thoughts on “I-Witness News on police info blacklist?

  1. Kenton, how does it FEEL NOT to be on that LIST?

    It makes me WONDER how those persons that you deleted off your Facebook friend list felt because of you having a DIFFERENCE of OPINION on POLITICAL ISSUES than they did.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 4, 2012, 16:15
  2. These are the kinds of things that happen when democracy is broken down in any country. Censorship of the news is just a part of the grand scheme of things when a dictator comes along. I can tell you that in North America, the ULP has marketed themselves very well, so good in fact that i even believe most of what they said, their propaganda machine is in full swing up here. Thank God i went to Vincy and saw for myself the nonsense that happens their, the state of the roads and condition of our once great country.

    “Censorship in Nazi Germany

    Censorship was rampant throughout Nazi Germany. Censorship ensured that Germans could only see what the Nazi hierarchy wanted people to see, hear what they wanted them to hear and read only what the Nazis deemed acceptable. The Nazi police dealt with anyone who went outside of these boundaries. Censorship dominated the lives of the ordinary citizen in Nazi Germany”.

    Thanks Kenton for what you do and to get the news out their, unbiased and as it is, with no added bullshit. These people are trying to destroy our country for their party and Nazi like slogan of “we nar tun back”, if they had their way they would censor everything Vincentians see and hear about them. They have a state own radio station with people payed by the state to talk nonsense and spread propaganda. Vermin like Slater reading boards like this and reporting what he read. But time longer than twine.

    Posted by blane | June 4, 2012, 16:35
  3. MR CHANCE YOU MUST KNOW AS WELL AS ANYONE THAT YOU WILL GET NOTHING UNTIL YOU ARE SANCTIONED TO RECEIVE SUCH BY GONSALVES.

    THE SVG POLICE IS ULTIMATLY CONTROLLED BY MARXIST GONSALVES, THE FORCE IS OPERATED WITH CONVICTED CRIMINALS AT ITS HEART AND YES MEN COWARDS LIKE SO MANY OF THE LEADING OFFICERS ARE, INCLUDING MILLER THE CHIEF. THAT IS WHY GONSALVES CHOOSE’S MEN FROM HIS OWN CONSTITUENCY, BECAUSE THEY KNOW WITHOUT GONSALVES THEY WOULD HAVE DIFFICULTY GETTING A JOB AS NIGHT WATCHMEN.

    WE SHOULD FEEL SORRY FOR YOUNG POLICE MEN WHO HAVE TO SUFFER ALL THIS CRAP UNDER SUCH IGNORANT AND STUPID GONSALVES SUPPORTING POLICE.

    WELL WE CAN WAIT AND SEE HOW THE AIRPORT CURSE PROGRESS’S.

    THE POLICE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING WHERE THE MILLION US DOLLARS IN CASH CAME FROM. THEY SHOULD ALSO INVESTIGATE WHERE THE US CASH CAME FROM THAT WAS SHARED AMONGST ULP FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT IS SO OBVIOUS SOMETHING IS WRONG, CASH COMES VIA BANKS, NOT IN OLD CROCUS BAGS.

    IT SEEMS THAT GONSALVES IS ABLE TO FOOL THOSE IN THE DIASPORA, ALL OF THE TIME.

    Posted by Peter | June 4, 2012, 18:27
  4. No wonder the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT remains buried in obscurity and neglect.
    WHAT PRICE – – – TRANSPARENCY?
    Who was gabbing to us recently about transparency?! It was all for APPEARANCES’ SAKE, indeed.
    When have we witnessed a greater LACK of LEADERSHIP, AND STATESMANSHIP, in this once-blessed country?
    Now, we can see the rampant campaign against The NEWS newspaper, and B.D.S. – NICE Radio, and Editor Shelley CLARKE and Manager Douglas De FREITAS.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 4, 2012, 19:05
  5. This is very enlightening. Reports of transparency and democracy abound in respect of SVG…only to find that “in the abundance of water, the fool is still thirsty”. Sweet.

    Posted by Jeannine James | June 4, 2012, 21:31
  6. REPORTS TO THE CONTRARY are even MORE WIDESPREAD and UNIVERSAL. There are none so blind than those who stubbornly, knowingly, and deliberately REFUSE TO SEE or acknowledge tragic reality. Maliciousnes.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 5, 2012, 08:51
  7. Dont be so hysterical. Where is the so-called blacklist? You called from taiwan for some info on an unfolding event. You got someone on the phone who ain’t tell you anything. That person said they couldn’t share the info now. That’s a blacklist??? Oh please. Even if the person was rude, was wrong, was misinformed… That doesn’t make it a blacklist. You sound like Peter now. Your degrees, your website hits, your fame doesn’t mean that you can automatically cut thru bureauracracy and bullsh-t. Sometimes you’ll just have to work a lil harder to get info on the phone from Taiwan. Doesn’t prove any blacklist

    Posted by Karma | June 5, 2012, 10:15
  8. Karma, of course there is no BLACKLIST, but Kenton feels that he needs to make the claim so as to put PRESSURE on the AUTHORITIES to put his name on the email list.

    My suggestion to Kenton is for him to come back to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, if he is done with his studies in Taiwan. Once you’re in the country as a journalist, there should be no problem with you getting on that email list.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 5, 2012, 14:47
  9. KARMA, the Tuesday Edition of the Searchlight carries the full story on front page and continued on p4. That story and statements must of been given to the Searchlight between Sunday and Monday lunch.

    We know there is a black list, NICE Radio recently showed evidence of such.

    KARMA, you don’t honestly ask where the Black List is, do you think Gonsalves would publish it?

    Posted by Peter | June 5, 2012, 15:25
    • Do anybody take NICE radio serious? That being said (I could be wrong) but isn’t I Witness News a “internet Blog”? Does that mean that anyone who decides to start a blog should be on the email list?

      Just a question!

      Posted by John | June 6, 2012, 07:05
  10. PETER, are you telling us that Kenton is an AVID LISTENER of the NDP on NICE RADIO and that is where he got the BLACKLIST headline/idea from?

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | June 6, 2012, 00:37
  11. Peter, sweetheart. I can tell u for a fact that searchlight reporters WERE IN UNION ISLAND right after the incident interviewing ppl (including officers on the scene) about what happened. That’s how they got a story. Plus, I’m sure they have sources in the police force and in the govt who old tell them a few stories “off the record” — that’s how journalism works, you go to the scene of the story, you take picture, you ask questions, you interview ppl.

    You don’t sit in your bedroom in Taiwan (no disrespect to Kenton) and make a phone call and then bawl blacklist when u ain’t get thru. U mention nice radio. U think nice radio was on the scene in union island?? U think kenton was on the scene?? If in journalism one paper “scoops” another, that don’t mean the otherswereon a blacklist. Plenty times Kenton is the first to report something and scoops the other paper… Does that mean that all those times the searchlight/vincentian/NBC radio etc were on a blacklist? Or does it mean kenton worked harder/faster on those occasions? There is plenty wrong in Vincy without inventing fake conspiracies. Kenton ain’t get thru when he called. The staffer he talk to was inefficient or incompetent. So what?

    I cal the ministry of education the other day about a scholarship. The secretary was rude. I ain’t get thru. Does that mean I am on a blacklist? No! It just mean I had to waste 2 hours of my day to physically go there and get the info in person. Not convenient, but not a conspiracy either.

    Kenton knows that there is more to journalism than listening to the radio and calling the police station front desk. When he reach back to svg, I’m sure he will cultivate some good sources, and he will become more of a journalist and less of a reporter. But til then, he shouldn’t make himself sound like u, Peter, by looking for conspiracies and blacklists where they are none.

    Posted by Karma | June 6, 2012, 06:03
  12. VINCYPOWA, I MEANT NO SUCH THING AS YOU VERY WELL KNOW,. INSTEAD OF POSTING CRAP ANSWER SOME OF THE CLAIMS THAT I MADE..

    THE SVG POLICE IS ULTIMATLY CONTROLLED BY MARXIST GONSALVES, THE FORCE IS OPERATED WITH CONVICTED CRIMINALS AT ITS HEART AND YES MEN COWARDS LIKE SO MANY OF THE LEADING OFFICERS ARE, INCLUDING MILLER THE CHIEF. THAT IS WHY GONSALVES CHOOSE’S MEN FROM HIS OWN CONSTITUENCY, BECAUSE THEY KNOW WITHOUT GONSALVES THEY WOULD HAVE DIFFICULTY GETTING A JOB AS NIGHT WATCHMEN.

    WE SHOULD FEEL SORRY FOR YOUNG POLICEMEN WHO HAVE TO SUFFER ALL THIS CRAP UNDER SUCH IGNORANT AND STUPID GONSALVES SUPPORTING POLICE.

    WELL WE CAN WAIT AND SEE HOW THE AIRPORT CURSE PROGRESS’S.

    THE POLICE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING WHERE THE MILLION US DOLLARS IN CASH CAME FROM. THEY SHOULD ALSO INVESTIGATE WHERE THE US CASH CAME FROM THAT WAS SHARED AMONGST ULP FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT IS SO OBVIOUS SOMETHING IS WRONG, CASH COMES VIA BANKS, NOT IN OLD CROCUS BAGS.

    SEE FOLKS VINCYPOWA CANNOT ANSWER WHAT I WROTE, BECAUSE ITS TRUE, AND ITS WELL AND TRULY PREVIOUSLY RECORDED..

    VINCYPOWA, INSTEAD OF POSTING CRAP, CARRY ON WITH YOUR COTTAGING AND SNURGING, AS USUAL TAKE JASON WITH YOU. PAY THE CALLIAQUA PEOPLE BACK THE MONEY THAT YOU STOLE.

    KARMA, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY AN EXTREMLY STUPID PERSON OR SOMEONE CORRUPTED BY ASSOCIATION WITH THIS RUBBISH AND EVIL MARXIST REGIME.
    WHAT I UNDERSTAND BY WHAT YOU WRITE IS THAT YOU HAVE INSIDE INFORMATION THAT THE SEARCHLIGHT REPORTER WAS CARRIED TO UNION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE POLICE AND A ULP POLITICIAN.
    AFTER READING THE ARTICLE AGAIN, IT REFERS TO REPORTS, THIS WAS NOT EYEWITNESS NEWS WHEREBY A REPORTER WAS THEIR AND WITNESSED THE PROCEEDINGS.

    THE QUESTIONS THAT I ASK, HOW BIG IS THE PACKAGE OF COCAINE? WHERE ARE THE GUNS THAT THE VENEZUELANS WERE CARRYING? I AM SORRY BUT I CANNOT TRUST A POLICE FORCE THAT EMPLOYS CRIMINALS, CRIMINALS CONVICTED OF VIOLANT ACTS.
    A POLICE FORCE UNDER THE TOTAL CONTROL OF GONSALVES.
    A POLICE FORCE THAT HAS FAILED TO INVESTIGATE WHERE A MILLION US DOLLARS IN CASH CAME FROM.
    A POLICE FORCE THAT FAILED TO HELP THE POLICEWOMEN WHO CLAIMED GONSALVES RAPED HER WHILST ON DUTY.
    .
    HAVE ANY VINCENTIANS BEEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING THE ARREST OF THE VENEZUELANS. IT SHOULDNT BE DIFFICULT TO GET OUR THREE CONVICTED POLICEMEN TO BEAT SOME INFORMATION FROM THEM, THEY SPECIALISE IN BEATINGS IN THE CELLS AND INTERVIEW ROOMS.

    KARMA, GONSALVES HAS LONG AGO ORDERED THAT NO ONE GIVES OUT INFORMATION UNLESS SANCTIONED BY HIM. STOP BEING SILLY AND PUT ON THE ULP DUNCE HAT.

    YOU CAN BE SURE THAT GIVING INFORMATION TO NICE RADIO AND EYEWITNESS CARRY A GONSALVES BLACKLIST SANCTION, WRITTEN OR VERBAL, EVEN ASSUMED BY IGNRORANT POLICE AND INFORMATION OFFICERS.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE SMELL THE SULPHER AND DONKEY DUNG

    Posted by Peter | June 7, 2012, 08:13
  13. JOHN, you said “Do anybody take NICE radio serious?” the answer is yes, Gonsalves takes them pretty serious, otherwise he would not have police recording and logging every word emitted over the airwaves.

    Posted by Peter | June 16, 2012, 08:42

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