Saint Lucian journalist, Timothy Poleon, took the government to task on Monday during his radio programme \u201cNewsspin\u201d aired on Radio Caribbean International (RCI), over its recent alleged attacks on the local media fraternity. Poleon, who was faced with a legal battle in the past, said while there are a few journalists on the island who are\u00a0 holding the government\u2019s feet to the fire, they are being put under tremendous pressure. \u201cCalls to your bosses are constant, and those people making the calls are on the sidelines boasting of the impact that this is taking. They are laughing and Saint Lucia is continuing to suffer\u2026Lawsuits are being brought against individuals and they are happy,\u201d he stated. The broadcaster accused the ruling administration of allegedly creating an atmosphere where the media is being suppressed, and the rights to freedom of expression is being trampled on, especially when they are put in a negative light. \u201cWhat if some media practitioners are afraid to bring critical information to the public? How free is the media in reporting truth in an unfiltered manner?" he questioned. Poleon said there are a lot of things journalists want to reveal to the general public, but they have to tread carefully, because somebody might threaten them with a lawsuit, and they will be insulted. \u201cI just hope that the people of Saint Lucia, as far as this issue is concerned, that you are not short-sighted, that you realize what is happening. So when it appears that we are shortchanging you, that at least you can understand what is happening to most of us in the media right now,\u201d he added. The Newsspin host declared that those who continue to \u201cprosecute and persecute\u201d the media, will not be in those leadership positions forever, and said serious consideration must be given to that. \u201cI hope you know that. You have your own insecurities. In my humble opinion, if ever, you are given a position of responsibility, undertake that duty in a very compassionate manner,\u201d he asserted. Poleon\u2019s comment comes days after President of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL), Clinton Reynolds, was issued with court documents for alleged libelous statement aired on a news network. Reynolds was the first person to call the programme after Poleon\u2019s statement on Monday and declared that he was speaking not for any political party, but on behalf of the media. \u201cIf we allow politicians and other interest groups to continue to marginalize us, to threaten us, to intimidate us, to ridicule us, then there will be no future for media on Saint Lucia,\u201d he asserted. Reynolds believes now is the time for the media to step up, come together and recognize that their democracy is being threatened. \u201cNow is the time for us to stand hand in hand, arm in arm, as media professionals in this country, and to say this is enough. What has been going on for years has to stop, and we as media professionals have to do what it takes to stop it, otherwise there will be no future for people who want to practice media here, or the future will not be as bright as they hope for it to be,\u201d he added. He said the media must continue to apply pressure where it is necessary and hold people accountable for their actions, while expressing their views clearly and fairly. \u201cI don\u2019t care who you support politically, we need to safeguard our profession,\u201d he noted. Reynolds was served with the court document sometime last week, by attorneys for President of the Senate, Claudius Francis, who himself is a talk show host, like Reynolds. Despite these arguments, some callers were of the view that the media must practice responsible journalism and report on matters that will not get them in hot water.