Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
February 21, 2008 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of State for Tourism has written to the Editor of Sun St. Kitts/Nevis, Mr. Timothy Payne, demanding the withdrawal of an allegation that he considers libelous and an obvious case of irresponsible journalism.
The article in the February 19th 2008 edition of Sun St. Kitts/Nevis is entitled “No Tourist In Town” and is written by Akedia Christopher.
“The article alleges that I am dishonest when it quotes Alphonso “Big One” Martin, a taxi driver, as saying that “The Prime Minister is being fooled by the Minister of Tourism, Richard Skerritt” wrote the Minister in his letter dated 19th February.
Minister Skerritt pointed out that “no attempt whatsoever has been made by the writer to substantiate this serious allegation against me.”
“The weather related berthing abortion by a cruise ship, cannot in any jurisdiction be considered as a basis for accusing me of dishonesty,” said the Tourism Minister.
Mr. Skerritt added: “It is unfortunate that the article has brought your journalistic integrity into question by allowing such a politically motivated quote to be featured.”
Mr. Skerritt said he expects the Editor, “to withdraw this allegation immediately.”