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BREAKING NEWS — Nice Radio to pay monies to PM Monday

Social activist, Junior Bacchus.

Social activist, Junior Bacchus.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 24, IWN — A cheque for EC$199,600 will be written Monday morning to pay Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves the monies the court ordered in a lawsuit against Nice Radio

“We can report that tomorrow morning we would be able to provide the necessary funds to cover the Prime Minister’s judgement, to cover the $40,000 for the legal cost, and the 5 per cent interest that was decided on by the court. It amounts to $199,600,” social activist Junior Bacchus told I-Witness News on Sunday.

“It is really amazing that the Vincentian public can be so receptive in protecting democracy. Sometimes, we are all critical of people for not doing enough. But, this time, Vincentians put their money where their mouth is,” said Bacchus, who, along with lawyer Kay Bacchus-Browne, last October launched an appeal to raise the money.

The money was raised through a serious of radiothons, that saw Vincentians at home and in the diaspora, and other listeners to Nice Radio, contributing to preventing the station from going into receivership.

Nice Radio was implicated in the lawsuit because of statements that Eduardo “E.G.” Lynch, then host of the New Democratic Party’s “New Times”, made about Gonsalves on NICE Radio nine years ago.

The defendants lost three appeals and were ordered to pay the monies and another court appearance is scheduled for Monday – Feb. 25.

“This time, they felt there was a need to protect democracy. We see the demise of Nice Radio as a treat to democracy and they came forward, putting their money where their mouth is. To do this in this kind of economy at this time, within four and a half months is really a tribute to our people. I am really please by it,” Bacchus further told of the contributors to the Save Nice Radio appeal I-Witness News.

Bacchus said some people have been asking about what the organisers of the appeal have done with the money raised.

“Tomorrow at 9 o’clock, I will go to the RBTT Bank … [and] will have a manager’s cheque written to satisfy the judgement, the legal cost and interest to the prime minister,” Bacchus said.

He said lawyers will advise him about the name in which the check is to be made out and where it to be delivered.

“But I know there are a lot of disappointed persons in this country as well that we have raised this money. They are disappointed that Nice Radio will survive. Nice Radio will continue to live on and God is always with us.”

Asked about pending judgements in other defamation suits the Prime Minister has brought against Nice Radio and whether he would be willing to raise money to settle those, Bacchus said:

“God is with us. We will take each step at a time. We will cross each bridge as we enter. God is with us and we are confident. There is no fear. When you are about to protect democracy, you can’t be afraid. You have to just move on.

“These judgements can fall, because there are many appeals as well. But we take each day at a time and that is how we will move forward. This thing tomorrow morning is a tribute to the Vincentian people at home and abroad for their determination to maintain freedom in this country,” Bacchus told I-Witness News.

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8 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS — Nice Radio to pay monies to PM Monday

  1. “But I know there are a lot of disappointed persons in this country as well that we have raised this money. They are disappointed that Nice Radio will survive. Nice Radio will continue to live on and God is always with us.” Junior, stop your nonsense once and for all and try to move beyond this demise. Encourage those not to use that media to speak things that are not factual that can result in another lawsuit. When are we going to see unity in SVG? Stewps!

    Posted by Donna Pompey McKie | February 24, 2013, 17:44
  2. I contributed 500usd to Nice Radio and It was money well spent. It is a shame and disgrace that freedom of speech in SVG is no longer a thing of the past. If Nice Radio is closed then the same thing is going to happen to radio stations all over the caribbean. It’s only short sighted people who see this issue being confined to our shores.

    Posted by saneblane | February 24, 2013, 19:46
    • “It is a shame and disgrace that freedom of speech in SVG is no longer a thing of the past.” that should be now a thing of the past. Kenton you need an edit button brother.

      Posted by saneblane | February 24, 2013, 19:48
  3. I AM SO ELATED I COULD CRY, TOUCH NOT THE LORD,S ANNOINTED AND DO HIS PROPHETS NO HARDM, DOUGGIE ALWAYS SAY GOD GIVE HIM THAT STATION AND I BELEIVE THAT WITH ALL MY HEART, GOD IN IN CONTROL, LONG LIVE NICE RADIO.

    Posted by Isola Ollie | February 24, 2013, 20:10
  4. The spite against people for supporting the opposition party knows no bounds, even old people are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. A very old lady has a rock the size of a car that crashed through the side of her house during the big storm two years ago. Neighbours had there houses repaired. She has been denied help regardless of lots of people asking the government. The only thing she did wrong was to be a NDP supporter.

    Now these are not stories that are made up, they are true and factual. You come here and try and knock someone who has worked hard for democracy. Some one who has himself converted from Marxism to a Liberal socialist and anti Marxist over the years, someone who knows Gonsalves better than most because he and Gonsalves were Marxist comrades together. Someone who has devoted his life to helping people and is a truly charitable and honourable man.
    When you compare him to Gonsalves there is no comparison, Junior wins hands down.

    How you can compare him with someone who has been accused of sexual crimes on no less than five occasions, accused of rape at least once and accused of serious sexual attack at least once, yet never been before a court to prove or disprove his innocence . Someone who calls people dirty and disgusting names.

    Thank God nice radio has been saved on this occasion, its only people who are really brave patriots of SVG like Duggy DeFrietus and the very brave owner of this site that keep freedom of the truth getting out to the people at home and abroad. Its called freedom of the press, freedom of speech, we know that is an alien proposition to Marxists, but there you go.

    Until Gonsalves goes, there can be no healing of the people, or unity of our people.

    Perhaps you are young and stupid and have no knowledge of the past. .

    Posted by peterbinose | February 24, 2013, 20:57
  5. EVIL THRIVE WHEN GOOD PEOPLE FAIL TO DO ANYTHING, MANY THANKS TO ALL THOSE GOOD PEOPLE WHO CAME THROUGH FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THANK YOU JUNIOR AND KAY, GOD BLESS YOU.

    Posted by Isola Ollie | February 24, 2013, 20:58
  6. Great News! In all things God is in Control! – Orlando & Pam

    Posted by Orlando John | February 25, 2013, 11:16
  7. Talk about PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS…WELL DONE TO VINCY PEOPLE AND OTHERS WHO MADE A CONTRIBUTION. Lets hope this nonsense doesn’t happen again, You cannot just give Ralphie free money like this.The NDP die-hards have to temper their discourse and tread carefully when making on-air comments.

    Now, lets hope Mr Eustace could take back some of that money.

    Posted by Teacherfang (@Llijame) | February 25, 2013, 18:10

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